1 Chronicles 16:28-36 (NIV)

28 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength,  29 ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.  30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.  31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! 32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! 33 Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. 34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.  35 Cry out, “Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise.” 36 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the LORD.”   

1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)

34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.   

DEVOTION -Lyndon C. Weberg (Arizona)

Years ago I was called to return to the Mayo Clinic to receive a second kidney transplant.  I had been on kidney dialysis for two long  stretches of time and received my brother’s kidney a year earlier.  I had his kidney for a short time, and then my body rejected it, and it had to be removed.  I lost part of my hearing from the rejection process.  Then I went back on dialysis.

A few weeks later I received a second kidney.  It was a kidney from a man who was killed in a mid-western city.  He had a card in his wallet saying that his body could be used for medical purposes if he died.

I have had that transplanted kidney for almost 35 years and I have been healthy the entire time.  I am thankful for the transplant and for the donor who gave me many more years of a happy life because of his willingness to carry a donor card in his wallet.  I believe that God has healed me, and every day I gave thanks.  Now I go to the dialysis units in my city to offer hope and encouragement to those still on the machine.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:Today I will thank God for my life.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for calling us to serve you every day in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.