Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)

1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 12:12 (NIV)

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

DEVOTION – Dwight E. Robeson (Maryland)

As a child growing up in Michigan, I looked forward to snow in winter, I would get bundled up, go out into the crisp, cold air, and make snow angels.  Then, I would come back into the warm kitchen.  The hot cups of chocolate on my cold fingers was comforting.  What joy!  However, at the age of eight, I was afflicted with polio and could not go out into the cold anymore.  Many faithful family members and friends prayed for me, and I recovered enough to be able to attend church, to graduate from college, to marry, to work 30 years, to raise two wonderful children, and to love and play with my grandchildren.

In recent years, polio has afflicted me with new weakness.  When I began to see my strength and stamina diminish, my hope became a flickering candle and my patience waned.  But I continued to pray faithfully.  As I prayed out of my despair – viewing my glass as half empty – I gradually began to feel God’s love and to see my glass as half full.  It is as if God were telling me, “I pour out my abundant and lavish love on you and fill your glass full to overflowing so you will not thirst – such as tolerating the cold – I cannot do, but now  I see clearly what I still can do.  I still can love and laugh, worship, praise and pray, sing and serve – and so much more.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Prayer is one source of daily spiritual nourishment.

LINK2LIFE:  Go to devotional.upperroom.org/blog to see a photo of Dwight with his grandkids.

PRAYER: Dear God of abundant and lavish love, we pray for your help to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHOSE HOPE IS WANING

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