Ezekiel 36:24-28 (NIV)

‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.  25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.  26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.   28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

Psalm 51:10 (NRSV)

The psalmist wrote, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

DEVOTION – Irina Ivanova (Pskov, Russia)

I saw a television news story about a 68-year-old Israeli man who, after 10 years of serious heart disease, had received a heart transplant.  The donor was a young Russian man who had died in tragic circumstances.  He had been killed on the street.

A year after the operation the man was able to meet with the mother of the person who had given him life.  The meeting was very emotional.  The woman asked if she could press her ear to his chest so that she could hear the beating heart of her son.

Twenty years ago I was also dying – but in a spiritual sense.  Then I, too, had a heart transplant.  Here is how the prophet Ezekiel described my operation: “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body a heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezek. 36:26).

My donor, my Savior who gave his life for me, is Christ Jesus.  He also died in tragic circumstances.  He was killed on the cross.  I received from my donor a new heart.  Now the heart of my Savior beats in my chest, and I sing praises to the risen Christ!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Listen for Jesus above the noise of the world.

PRAYER:  Lord Christ, you saved us.  You gave us eternal.  Praise and glory be to you forever.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: People Waiting For Heart Transplants

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