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"Written in Heaven"

May 13, 2003

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Luke 10:20 "Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

We all look for reasons to rejoice and celebrate. It may be getting an A on a test, receiving an honor or award, winning a game, recovering from an illness, or moving into a new home. These and many more can be reasons for rejoicing and praising God.

At the top of each day's list of reasons for rejoicing is the precious knowledge our Savior gives us that our names are written in heaven. It does not matter how many or few reasons we may have for joy in our lives this day. We have something to celebrate. God knows our names. He has reserved a place for us with Him in heaven. Our names are listed among those who through faith in Christ will receive all the joys and blessings of eternal life.

May this truth be what always gives us the greatest joy in life! May the joy and the hope of knowing that our names are written in heaven sustain and help us through days when sadness or difficulty leave us no other reason for rejoicing! To have our names written in heaven is reason enough to rejoice, even in time of trouble.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, our dearest Savior, thank You for the joy it gives us to know our names are written in heaven. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 32    Psalms 51    John 3:16-36

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