"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God and believe also in me."
John 14:1 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Depending on the bible you read this from, this verse might be typed in red letters. These are Jesus’ words. Jesus is teaching the crowds and his followers that he is the way to the Father. He is telling what He must do in order that those listening can be welcomed into heaven. Just before this chapter and verse, Jesus tells the disciples that he will be betrayed, even after washing their feet. I imagine that it would be astonishing to see someone so important bent down and washing your feet. Such service and humility. Jesus reminds his followers that while he must go away in order to prepare a place for them, he will return and take them to the very place he went to prepare. Just last week, a cousin of mine entered their eternal sleep after fighting various forms of cancer for three rounds. My family just went and spent time with her and her sweet family about 5 weeks ago. Other than being tired, she looked fantastic and I doubt she would be confused with someone who was ill. She was living life to the fullest and loving her husband and children with all of her energy. On Thursday, August 12th at around 02:30 AM, she fell asleep. I can honestly say that I’m so happy for her as she loved Jesus and she is no longer hurting. I take comfort that I will see her again, but my heart breaks for her husband and her children. So, today, I stand up and believe. I believe that God comes to comfort and to bring peace. I place my heart in His hands so that my heart is not troubled, but brought nearer to the Father.
Prayer for today: Father, today I pray for all who find their hearts/souls troubled. I pray that each of us would be willing to place our hearts in Your trust. That You would show us what we need in order to do Your will. Lastly, I pray that if anyone finds themselves overwhelmed by life to the point of not being sure of their tomorrow, please open our eyes to see so that You can work through us.
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God’s grace on you…