Ephesians 5:1-2 (KJV)

1 Be  ye  therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk  in love, as Christ also hath loved  us, and hath given  himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

John 3:16 (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave  his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth  in him should  not perish , but have  everlasting life.

DEVOTION – Nancy Autumn Deimler (Pennsylvania)

When five of my relatives visited one night for a family meal, I noticed that we didn’t have enough food to make it around the table.  I caught my mom’s eye and nodded at the platter of beef.  She understood and made a gesture as if to say, “Don’t worry about it.”

Mon finished eating dinner before everyone else; then I realized she had taken the smallest piece of beef to make sure no one walked away from the table hungry.

Many times, I have seen my mom think of others before she thinks of herself.  My mom’s loving sacrifices remind me of the ultimate sacrifice God made for us.  God sacrificed “his only begotten Son” to atone for our sins.  Occasionally, we forget or simply unaware of how great God’s sacrifice was.  We must remember and pass on our understanding of God’s sacrificial love.

I have tried to follow my mom’s example of putting others’ needs before our daily sacrifices can be small reflections of God’s Love.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Daily sacrifices can be reflections of God’s love.

PRAYER:Dear Lord, please help us to think of others before we think of ourselves.  Amen.