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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries


August 13, 2007

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For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. Romans 8:19

A few short weeks ago, there was a story that dominated every news agency in the western world. Do you remember it?

It was a story of secret meetings in darkened rooms and clandestine operations. It was a story filled with villains who had no greater desire than to make miserable the lives of millions.

Do you remember the story that had the entire world holding its breath? No, it’s not a story of terrorists who were captured with a “dirty” bomb, nor is it the story of how officers broke up a drug cartel. The story to which I refer is nothing less than the publication of the final book in the Harry Potter series.

It is only now that the hero-stories of those days are starting to be told. High on this list of bravery and selfless dedication is Richard Yates, a postman who works out of the Evesham sorting office in Worcestershire, Britain.

According to the reports, on the day the last book was to be delivered, Mr. Yates reported to his post office. Rather than being given the books and his mail, he was told that rain had flooded out the roads and all deliveries in his region had been canceled.

Yates was shocked. He knew how disappointed his own daughter would be if her book were not to be delivered. So as not to disappoint children, Yates hopped in his four-wheel drive vehicle and delivered the pre-ordered Harry Potter books to all the people in his village.

The appearance of Yates with a big grin and the Harry Potter book clutched in his hands was an unexpected joy to the people who had resigned themselves to waiting for their copy until the flood waters receded.

This makes me wonder:

  • What would have happened if the “book” in question had been a Bible rather than Harry Potter?
  • Would Mr. Yates have been equally committed to making sure the Bible got into the right hands?
  • Would people have been disappointed if their copies of God’s Word weren’t delivered on the day it was expected?

Most of all I wondered, “How committed am I to getting the suffering Savior’s story of salvation into the hands who need His message the most?”

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, today I ask that hearts may be moved to hear the Gospel message. Further, I ask the dedication and commitment to share it. May I bring Christ to the nations. Further, I pray the wisdom, boldness, and commitment to share Your story with others. In Your Name, Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 7-9    1 Corinthians 7:20-40

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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