h2 Corinthians 4:15-18 (NIV)

15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving1 to overflow to the glory of God. 16 Therefore we do not lose heart.2 Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly3 we are being renewed4 day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.5 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.6 For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.

DEVOTION -Nancy C. Todd (Kentucky)

My mother-in-law hadn’t spoken in several months; at least, she hadn’t spoken words we could decipher.  The ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease had taken over her mind and body. We often wondered what she was thinking, what she felt deep inside.

One evening, my husband and I were taking turns feeding his mother her dinner.  As we sat with her, I began to sing softly,  “Jesus loves me!  This I know.”  For an instant, her face brightened and she nodded her head.  “Yes, that’s right,”  she said clearly, the way she had spoken years before.

It lasted for only a moment, but that was enough.  My mother-in-law couldn’t feed herself.  She couldn’t speak.  She didn’t even know who we were.  But deep in her soul, Jesus’ love continued to sustain her.  Nothing – not even Alzheimer’s Disease – “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

PRAYER: Dear God, help us to see your love even in the most difficult situations.  In Christ’s name, we pray.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO WORK IN NURSING HOMES

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