Saturday, September 4, 2010

Devotion: Sentiments

"Grace be with you." ~ 1 Tim. 6:21

We invited a storyteller to our church to perform the story of a boy and the lunch he shared with Jesus (John 6:1-13). During the course of his presentation, he said as we greet each person, we should bless that person with words of life such as "Shalom" (peace) or "Joy" to build them up in Christ. Almost immediately the thought crossed my mind that I could sweeten the greetings on the front of my cards by carefully choosing a sentiment to do the same.
Apostle Paul wrote two letters to Timothy, a young man he had befriended. He opened his first letter with these sentiments: "Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord." (1 Tim. 1:2) and closed his second letter to Timothy with "The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you." (2 Tim. 4:22) Both letters contained encouragement to continue living like Christ, using the Word of God in his ministry.

Prayer: Thank you for providing us with your word, Lord God, so we know how to live. Continue teaching us to be holy and to spur others on to holy living too. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Today's Tip:
“Make every card you send a standout! Personalize each one to convey the message in a very special way.” ~ Sandi Genovese.

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