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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"The Gift of Mind and Memory"

January 15, 2006

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I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all Your works. Psalm 143:5

Would you like to see a walking, talking miracle? Look in your mirror. What you see is a person who cannot only walk and talk but can also think and learn and remember and reason and do many other remarkable things -- all because God has given you a most amazing gift: your mind.

"It boggles your mind," we say when reading about those high-tech super computers that can process millions of bits of data, store them, and retrieve them in mere fractions of seconds. We easily overlook that our own mind out boggles any electronics that science can produce. The way our mind can recapture our past surpasses wonder, as when a snatch of music or a glimpse of a photo can carry us back to another place and time and special people. How faith-reviving when memory takes us back to times and occasions when God's presence was felt and His abiding love was impressed upon us!

When memory turns into a cruel tormentor with thoughts of guilt and remorse over past sins, how wonderful to have the Spirit remind us, "The blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1).

PRAYER: Thank You for Your gifts of mind and memory, dear Lord. By Your Holy Spirit continue to use them for upbuilding our faith and life; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

(Devotions from "The Abundant Life" copyright 1998, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. Permission is granted for one-time e-mailing of this link to a friend. For information on other devotional material, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit CPH at www.cph.org.)

Today's Bible Readings: Job 17-19    Matthew 10:21-42

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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