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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - Scripture: Psalm 7:17; Song: "Give Thanks” 
 

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and even though we’ve done a devotion based on the song “Give Thanks” once before it seemed too appropriate not to use it again.  It is the favorite of some of the younger folks at church.  Tomorrow when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner even if it’s with a smaller group than usual, we remember as the song says, to give thanks to the Holy one who has given  us Jesus Christ his Son.  With Covid-19 and the poor economy along with how weak we feel about the guilt of all of our personal sins, most of us at least, will relate to being reminded that because of Jesus, the weak can say I am strong, and the poor say I am rich.  It’s Jesus’ righteousness given to us on the cross of Calvary that makes us “strong” and “rich.”  As the Psalmist says in Psalm 7:17: “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.”  It’s is Jesus’ righteousness shown in his perfect life, death and resurrection that makes us righteous.  The weakness of our sin is overcome.  So tomorrow when you sit down to be thankful, even in these difficult times, remember that we give thanks to God for sending us His Son.  And that will more than overcome the things we might feel we are missing this year, including not being able to be with family or maybe to have a job.  Listen to the song and
“Give Thanks.”

 
Friday, November 20, 2020 - Scripture: Matthew 9:2-9; Song: "All My Hope” 
    It’s Friday again and Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  I finished my quarantine for Covid-19 and now I hope I hear Monday that I can reschedule my eye surgery soon. Even in these turbulent times, it’s time to hope.  I could hope in the skills of the doctor or the technology that developed the new lenses they will implant.  But I prefer to put my hope in Jesus as the song says, “Thanks to that yesterday is gone, all my sins are forgiven, I’ve been washed in the blood.”  In Matthew 9:2 and following, Jesus forgives a man’s sins, and his authority is questioned to do that.  So, Jesus healed the man’s disability to prove his authority to forgive sins.  I choose to put my hope in Jesus for just that reason.  My sins have been washed in his blood.”  I am healed, forgiven and that will last into eternity.  I am trusting him to heal me.  As the song says, “all my hope is in Jesus.”  As you read this, I pray your hope is in Jesus as well.  All our difficulties, including my poor eyesight are temporary.  Listen to the song, on another Friday when all seems to be going wrong and put your hope in Jesus.
 
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Scripture: Ephesians 3:25-26; Song: "My Prayer for You” 
Today’s devotion will be published as I  eye am sitting home wishing I could have had eye surgery today.  I know that God has a plan for me and that the fact i couldn't have surgery today is part of it.  Many of you have praying for me for a while now.  It seemed appropriate to choose a song called, “My Prayer for you.” By Alisha Turner.  I want to focus especially on part of the chorus, “He is able.”  She describes the emotions and feelings of many right now.  Covid-19, the unstable economy, struggles in our families and more.  They all, if we attempt to deal with them on our own, will cause us to lose hope.  But Alisha reminds us not to depend on ourselves but God, “He is able.”  As Paul puts it in our Scripture from Ephesians 4: “Now to him who is able to do far more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power which is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations, for ever and ever.  Amen.”  Successful surgery or not, Covid-19 ending or not, a better economy or not, in Christ Jesus God has been able, he has done far more than we can imagine.  And he will continue to do so forever and forever. Amen.  So, pray for me today  lack of surgery or not, knowing that God is able and be reminded of that is Alisha’s song.  God bless you and keep you and give you His peace.
 

My Prayer for You (lyrics) ~ Alisa Turner

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