To You, O LORD, I cry; and to the Lord I plead for mercy. Psalm 30:8
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
When a child needs food or drink, or even just a hug, he turns to his parents. He has total confidence his mother or father will take care of him. There is a love bond that unites them.
What do you do when you need something? You probably ask someone for it. Is there anyone in whom you have total confidence to fulfill your requests?
Our Heavenly Father created us with a bond of love. Though we were separated from Him as a result of our sin, He sent His Son, Jesus, to bring us back. This Christmas Day let us remember the riches of God's grace toward fallen man at the expense of His beloved Son. Though we were dead in our sins, completely corrupt and at enmity with God, He ransomed us and, through His Spirit, makes us into new creations. Through Jesus' death and resurrection we have assurance of God's love for us, and we can respond by sharing that love with others.
That bond of love gives us confidence to know that God hears us when we call out to Him. He responds to our urgent requests and our desperate pleas for mercy. He holds us in His hands, and He will never let us go.
THE PRAYER: Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the precious gift of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Biography of Author: Danila Ines Sturtz wrote this devotion. In Paraguay, she is coordinator of a Bible school, a leader of confirmands, and serves as secretary of the ladies league. Lutheran Hour Ministries-Paraguay operates as Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones within this South American country and is active in radio programming, door-to-door ministry, and Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC) designed for both children and adults.
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