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2021.01.08 Daily Devotional

2021.01.08 Daily Devotional

2021.01.08 Daily Devotional

The Upper Room[1] devotional reflection for Friday, January 8, 2021 comes to us from Lois E. Wilson of Ohio

Romans 8:12-17    12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.  13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.  14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV)     In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ

“Children of God”

On the first day of each community-college art class I taught, I would ask the students to write a brief answer to the question, “Who are you?  Later, I was eager to read their responses.  One of the answers I’ve never forgotten was, “I am a child of God.”  This young woman’s response left me in awe that she was so grounded in her faith.  It also led me to question myself:  Is my faith so strong that I would have replied in this way?  I probably would have listed my education and work accomplishments.  But now I realize that the growth I should always be most willing to share with others is my deepening relationship with my heavenly Father.

God gives me grace and has been with me all the days of my life.  God is with me during good times and bad.  I especially remember how God comforted me when my husband died.  God loves me unconditionally, answers my prayers, and guides me.

Years ago, that student enriched my life by helping me become more aware of my faith.  I have learned that I am a child of a merciful God who asks me to encourage my sisters and brothers.  God rejoices when I reach out to others, encouraging them to join the family of the Lord.

 — Lois E. Wilson

Prayer Focus:  Teachers

Prayer:  Dear Lord, help us live in unity and serve you as we reach out to others and share with them your message of hope and love.  Amen.

Thought for the Day:   My identity rests in God.

Friends –

I confess that if a teacher or someone else asked me to write an answer to the question, “Who are you?”, I probably would have replied much like Lois E. Wilson reports.  I might say that I am college and seminary graduate, a mom, a pastor, a homemaker, etc.  Obviously, the “pastor” might cause others to infer that I am a Christian person of faith.  Still, I probably would not have responded as that student did.

We should all feel free and called to identify ourselves as a Beloved Child of God, remembering that “God Loves Me, All the Time”

–Pastor bea