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"The Lord's Hand"

December 20, 2003

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For the Lord’s hand was with him. Luke 1:66

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

When the people saw the Lord’s hand at work in Zechariah and John, they were filled with awe. The work of the Lord’s hand brings awe to those who recognize it.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 21
Chuck and Bobby arrived just after noon on Saturday. Julie had cooked a big pot of her grandmother's recipe chicken-and-vegetable soup for lunch. The wonderful aroma filled the house.

After introductions, the two families sat down to eat. Bill said grace. The meal continued with casual conversation. Afterwards, Bobby and Sam played video games as Chuck and Bill settled in the den. Chuck commented that he liked Bill’s family. “Everyone seems to respect each other and get along so well.”

Bill chuckled, “Everyone was on their good behavior today. It’s not always this calm. But, I do thank God for the good family life we have.”

Chuck said, “I wish I had a better family life.”

Bill replied, “Chuck, that’s one difference being a Christian makes.” Bill explained how, as a response to Jesus’ love, he and his family study God’s Word and try to follow it in their lives. He concluded, “Chuck, it really makes a difference when the Lord’s hand is guiding your life.”

Chuck replied, “I can see that it does.”

After Chuck and Bobby left, Bill went Christmas shopping.

REALITY JOURNEY
The Lord is known through His Word and Sacrament. The Lord’s hand is exhibited through the holy lives of God’s people. “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that God would let the work of His hand in your life be known in your witness so people will know His awesome works.

Today's Bible Readings: Esther 1-2    Matthew 1    Luke 3

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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