Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Daily Readings for WEDNESDAY, January 4, 2017 - Eleventh Day of Christmas

First Reading
Exodus 3:1-12
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, "I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up." When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." Then he said, "Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." He said further, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Then the LORD said, "I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt." But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" He said, "I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain."

Second Reading
Hebrews 11:23-31
By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king's edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, unafraid of the king's anger; for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

The Holy Gospel
John 14:6-14
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

Morning Psalms
Psalm 85 Benedixisti, Domine
1   You have been gracious to your land, O LORD, you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
2   You have forgiven the iniquity of your people and blotted out all their sins.
3   You have withdrawn all your fury and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
4   Restore us then, O God our Savior; let your anger depart from us.
5   Will you be displeased with us for ever? will you prolong your anger from age to age?
6   Will you not give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you?
7   Show us your mercy, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
8   I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9   Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
10   Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11   Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12   The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, and our land will yield its increase.
13   Righteousness shall go before him, and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

Psalm 87 Fundamenta ejus
1   On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
2   Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of our God.
3   I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia: in Zion were they born.
4   Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, and the Most High himself shall sustain her."
5   The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, "These also were born there."
6   The singers and the dancers will say, "All my fresh springs are in you."

Evening Psalms
Psalm 89: Part I Misericordias Domini
1   Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2   For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3   I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4   'I will establish your line for ever, and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
5   The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
6   For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? who is like the LORD among the gods?
7   God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, great and terrible to all those round about him.
8   Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
9   You rule the raging of the sea and still the surging of its waves.
10   You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11   Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
12   You have made the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
13   You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
14   Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; love and truth go before your face.
15   Happy are the people who know the festal shout! they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.
16   They rejoice daily in your Name; they are jubilant in your righteousness.
17   For you are the glory of their strength, and by your favor our might is exalted.
18   Truly, the LORD is our ruler; The Holy One of Israel is our King.

Psalm 89: Part II Tunc locutus es
19   You spoke once in vision and said to your faithful people: "I have set the crown upon a warrior and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20   I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him.
21   My hand will hold him fast and my arm will make him strong.
22   No enemy shall deceive him, nor any wicked man bring him down.
23   I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
24   My faithfulness and love shall be with him, and he shall be victorious through my Name.
25   I shall make his dominion extend from the Great Sea to the River.
26   He will say to me, 'You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
27   I will make him my firstborn and higher than the kings of the earth.
28   I will keep my love for him for ever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29   I will establish his line for ever and his throne as the days of heaven."

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Verse of the Day - January 04, 2017

Micah 6:8 (NIV) He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "He Knows"

He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. (Matthew 26:37, NIV)

Have you ever been extremely lonely? Have you ever had your friends abandon you? Have you ever been misunderstood? If so, then you have a faint idea of what Jesus went through as He agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane.

It has been said that what you don't know won't hurt you. I think there is some truth to that statement. If I had the opportunity to know my entire future from this day forward, I think I would rather not know.

But Jesus, being God, knew everything about His future, down to the finest detail. And He knew He was going to go to a Roman cross to be crucified. He knew that He would be humiliated. He would be beaten. He would go through a horrendous whipping. He knew the great anguish that was ahead.

The Bible says that Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. In the Garden of Gethsemane, we see the great sorrow and grief Jesus went through as He faced His death. I don't think we can even begin to grasp the anguish that Jesus was experiencing at that moment.

We need to remember that, as Hebrews 4:15 says, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin."

In other words, you are not alone. God knows what you are going through. You don't have a High Priest, speaking of Jesus, who has not faced the challenges you face. The next time you are facing difficulty, the next time you are facing hardship, the next time you feel misunderstood and abandoned, you can know that Jesus has been through it. You have someone who understands you, sympathizes with you, and is there to strengthen you.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Girlfriends in God - Seeing Yourself as God Sees You

Today’s Truth

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

Friend to Friend

For many years after I became a Christian, I operated under a false sense of who I really was. I had no idea the change that occurred in me the moment I accepted Christ. I did not see myself as God saw me. I had a grid system or a sieve of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy over my mind. When I processed information about my world and about myself, it had to first filter through that negative grid system.

If someone canceled a lunch date, I interpreted that as “she doesn’t like me.” If I didn’t get invited to an event, I interpreted that as “I’m not worthy.” If my husband didn’t give me enough attention, I interpreted that as “he doesn’t really care about me.” If someone asked me to take on a project, I immediately thought, “I’m not capable.” My interpretation of events and other’s actions were distorted by the devil’s lies.

It was not until my thirties that I began to realize that how God saw me and how I saw myself were very different. Like a hungry child, I began to research and write down verses about who I really was in Christ–my true identity as a child of God. I learned that I was a child of God (John 1:12), chosen and dearly loved (John 15:16), a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), a joint heir with Jesus (Romans 8:14), a saint (Ephesians 1:1), righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24), dearly loved (Colossians 3:12), completely forgiven (1 John 1:9), totally free (John 8:36), and uniquely designed (Psalm 139:14).

I also learned that it was Satan who held that negative grid system in place, and it was up to me to demolish his stronghold by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I came to a crossroads in my spiritual journey. I could continue believing the lies or I could begin believing the truth. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). I decided to believe the truth. It was difficult and didn’t feel comfortable at first. Like the lame man who regained the movement of his legs, or the blind man who received his sight, I had to adjust to my new belief system.

Oh my friend, God has so much planned for you to do and to be, but if you are operating with a false sense of who you really are, you may be paralyzed.

On Jesus’ first day of public ministry, He walked down to the river and was baptized by His cousin John. As Jesus came out of the water, a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). God says the same thing to you…and to me.

“You are my child…whom I love…with you I am well pleased.”

This devotion is very personal for me. I’ve told you some of my deepest struggles. But I want you to examine your own thought life. Do you believe lies about yourself or do you believe the truth?

Here’s my challenge to you at the start of this New Year: Start believing that you are who God says you are. That truth will set you free!

Let’s Pray

Dear LORD, I have believed the enemy far too long. I have seen myself as not good enough, not smart enough, and not spiritual enough. But today, I am going to start replacing those lies and replacing them with Your truth! I am a child of God who is chosen by the Father, enveloped by the Son, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. I am the one You love.
In Jesus’ powerful Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

If someone asked, “Who are you?” what would you say?

If someone asked God, “Who is she? (meaning you), what would He say?

Go back to today’s devotion and highlight the verses about your new identity in Christ. Write them on an index card. Put them with your makeup mirror in your purse. Remember who you are.

More From the Girlfriends

The devil doesn’t want you to see yourself as God sees you. He knows who you really are, but if he can keep you from believing it, he’s won. Let’s don’t let him! To learn how to replace the lies with truth, check out my book, I’m Not Good Enough…and Other Lies Women Tell Themselves. On my bookstore page, you’ll also find a laminated card with verses about your true identity that you can tuck in your Bible for quick reference. And…drumroll…the expanded print version of A 14-Day Romance Challenge with over 250 ways to romance your husband is now here!

Standing Strong Through the Storm - FAITH AND FEAR

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" Mark 4:38-40

Storms often bring out our true spiritual condition. Jesus was in the boat but the disciples still feared for their lives. He chastised them for their fear and their little faith! Thus our greatest need is not for the storm to end but to be freed from fear and have faith in Him while the storm rages.

At an SSTS seminar in Central Asia, our translator looked at us at the close of our three-day session and commented, “Thank you for teaching us how to stand strong. God spoke to me a lot through this seminar. I was afraid to die but not anymore. I have peace to go and spread God’s Word.” She is now serving the Lord in a dangerous but strategic mission in her region.

A middle aged man in North Korea was arrested after the police found a Bible in his home. He was terribly beaten and certain he would die. A Christian friend said, “When he came to faith, he made the decision that one day he would die for Christ. Every Christian in North Korea has made that choice. Every Christian in the country has the spirit of martyrdom in him. If you lose that spirit for one second, you cannot carry the burden of being a follower of Jesus.”

A significant factor in dealing with fear—especially fear of dying—is realizing that we are already dead in Christ (Galatians 2:20). Former Open Doors colleague, Hector Tamez, says that this concept is clearly seen in the lives of Christians living in war zones of Latin America. The Christians, who were caught in the civil war between the government and Shining Path guerrillas in Peru, are a classic example for us. Here is how Hector expresses their commitment:

They know that they are going to be killed. And they say, “In order to be a Christian here, you have to recognize that you are already dead in Christ. Once you recognize this, then any day that passes by in your life is a gain.”

In some countries, surviving one day or one year means that you have one God-given day or year to testify not only with your words but with your deeds. Fear should not control your life! Christ should control your life!

RESPONSE: When storms come my way, I will let them help me assess my own spiritual condition. I will affirm God’s power to overcome fear and live by faith in Him.

PRAYER: Ask God to forgive you for your times of fearfulness and lack of faith. Pray that all members of the persecuted church would have faith in Jesus like these Peruvian believers.

Un Dia a la Vez - En la tormenta hay crecimiento

Cuando cruces las aguas, yo estaré contigo [...] Yo soy el Señor, tu Dios [...] tu salvador. Isaías 43:2-3

Ayer te comentaba que un divorcio es algo que te marca para toda la vida y que solo el amor de Dios nos ayuda a superar la pérdida y comenzar una nueva vida.

No sé cuál sea tu tormenta, ni cuál sea tu problema, ni qué clase de dolor estás sintiendo con esa situación que estás viviendo y que parece interminable. Lo que sí te puedo asegurar es que si en medio de lo que estás viviendo comprendes que Dios está contigo y no te levantas en su contra, la salida a esa situación estará más cercana.

Las pruebas nos dan crecimiento espiritual, desarrollan cada vez más nuestra fe y nos acercan más a Dios. Así que, no te rindas. Recuerda que hay promesas para ti. Aunque ahora no entiendas el porqué Dios te está llevando por esta situación, sí puedes descansar pensando que después de la tormenta viene la calma.

LHM Daily Devotion - "Departing"

January 4, 2017

He took Him up in his arms and blessed God ... (Luke 2:28a, ESV)

Read Luke 2:28-33

Most of us really anticipate Christmas homecomings and get-togethers, but few of us look forward to that moment we have to depart. Saying goodbye is rarely easy, but it's wonderful to leave on peaceful terms, returning to normal life with warm memories of Christmas.

Simeon thinks of something similar as he steps up to the young couple and takes the Child in his arms. He says, "Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your Word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation." Many have taken Simeon's words to mean he was old or close to death, but not necessarily. He had spent years anxiously waiting to see the consolation of Israel, and now the suspense has finally ended. Looking down into the face of the Christ Child, he knows he can live out the rest of his life with this peaceful, joyous memory.

Simeon points out that God has prepared His salvation before the face of all peoples. He doesn't want us to look at a baby in a manger and get warm fuzzy feelings. Instead, we are to be confident that Jesus Christ came into this world to make us right before God. He came to save us from death and hell by His suffering, death and resurrection.

Joseph and Mary both marvel at the things Simeon says about Jesus. For the first time they learn He has come not only for the people of Israel, but for people of all nations. Through Luke's words we, like Simeon, have looked upon the Christ Child: our Lord and Savior. Because of His life, death and resurrection, we can pass the rest of our days in peace and faith.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You that I can depart this Christmas season in peace, having seen Your salvation in the Child of Christmas, Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Devociones de Adviento - Alabanza perfecta

Miércoles 04 de Enero

Salmo 148

¡Alabado sea el nombre del Señor!¡Sólo su nombre merece ser exaltado!¡Su gloria domina los cielos y la tierra! (Sal 148:13, RVC)

El libro de los salmos puede ser descrito como una larga procesión hacia la gloria y la alabanza plenas. Pero en ese largo camino de los justos, de todo el pueblo de Dios, hay angustia, cruz y persecución. El justo se ve rodeado muchas veces de enemigos que lo acusan falsamente, que se burlan de su fe, que quieren convencerle de que Dios lo ha abandonado. Sin embargo, en medio de esa opresión, el justo prorrumpe a veces en alabanza. Y lo hace no porque disfrute de bienestar y plenitud absolutas, sino porque sabe que los sufrimientos del tiempo presente no son nada comparados con la gloria que le aguarda al final de su peregrinación.

El justo es aquel que depende de la misericordia divina, el que sabe que no tiene nada para ofrecerle a Dios, sino más bien tiene todo para recibir. La dependencia de Dios es su sello personal. En consecuencia, el justo es un hombre de oración que goza de estar en la presencia de Dios y que ruega por perdón y misericordia. Por lo tanto, se refugia en Dios, en su Palabra, en sus promesas de gracia.

Mientras el justo camina, lucha y ora, vislumbra el final del camino. Los últimos salmos retratan un escenario de alabanza perpetua, celebración definitiva, en el cual todo lo creado, seres vivos e inertes, celestes y terrenos, son convocados a alabar a Dios. Terminada la peregrinación, se puede ver plenamente lo antes vislumbrado: que ni el mal ni la muerte tienen la palabra final, que Dios reina a través de su Mesías, que Dios Creador y Salvador es el Todo para todos. Creamos hoy. Alabemos ya. Alabaremos para siempre mañana.

Señor de la historia: que los sufrimientos del tiempo presente no me impidan alabarte ya. Por causa de Jesús, mi Salvador. Amén.

© Copyright 2016 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones

Our Daily Bread - A Multiplied Love

Read: 1 John 4:20–5:5 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 10–12; Matthew 4

Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. 1 John 4:21

When a woman in Karen’s church was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), things looked bad. This cruel disease affects nerves and muscles, eventually leading to paralysis. The family’s insurance wouldn’t cover home care, and the stricken woman’s husband couldn’t bear the thought of putting her in a nursing home.

As a nurse, Karen had the expertise to help and began going to the woman’s home to care for her. But she soon realized she couldn’t take care of her own family while meeting the needs of her friend, so she started teaching others in the church to help. As the disease ran its course over the next seven years, Karen trained thirty-one additional volunteers who surrounded that family with love, prayer, and practical assistance.

“Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister,” said John the disciple (1 John 4:21). Karen gives us a shining example of that kind of love. She had the skills, compassion, and vision to rally a church family around a hurting friend. Her love for one person in need became a multiplied love lived out by many.

How might God use your talents and abilities to serve others in need? Ask God to show you how He wants you to use your gifts for His kingdom.

To learn more, read God Is Love at

Love your neighbor as yourself.  —Jesus

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Amor multiplicado

Leer: 1 Juan 4:20–5:5 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 4

… El que ama a Dios, ame también a su hermano (1 Juan 4:21).

Cuando a una mujer de la iglesia de Carolina se le diagnosticó esclerosis lateral amiotrófica, la perspectiva era desalentadora. Esta cruel enfermedad afecta nervios y músculos y, finalmente, termina en parálisis. El seguro médico no cubría la asistencia domiciliaria, y el esposo de esta afligida mujer no soportaba la idea de ponerla en un centro de cuidados especiales.

Como enfermera, Carolina sabía cómo ayudarla, y empezó a ir a su casa a cuidarla. Pero, poco después, se dio cuenta de que no podía ocuparse de su propia familia y, al mismo tiempo, atender las necesidades de su amiga. Entonces, comenzó a enseñarles a otras personas de la iglesia cómo ayudar. Durante los siete años de evolución de la enfermedad, Carolina entrenó a 31 voluntarios, quienes rodearon a aquella familia de amor, oraciones y ayuda práctica.

«Y nosotros tenemos este mandamiento de él: El que ama a Dios, ame también a su hermano», dijo el discípulo Juan (1 Juan 4:21). Carolina nos da un ejemplo magnífico de esta clase de amor. Ella tuvo la habilidad, la compasión y la visión de movilizar a la familia de la iglesia para asistir a una hermana afligida. Su amor individual por una persona necesitada se convirtió en un amor multiplicado que muchos pusieron en práctica.

Señor, muéstrame dónde puedo ayudar hoy.

«Ama a tu prójimo como te amas a ti mismo». Jesús

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Multiplizierte Liebe

Lesen: 1.Johannes 4,20–5,5 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 1.Mose 10–12; Matthäus 4

Dies Gebot haben wir . . ., dass, wer Gott liebt, dass der auch seinen Bruder liebe. 1.Johannes 4,21

Es sah nicht gut aus, als bei einer Frau aus Karins Gemeinde eine Motoneuron-Erkrankung festgestellt wurde. Diese brutale Krankheit greift Nerven und Muskeln an und führt schließlich zu völliger Lähmung. Die Versicherung wollte keine Hauspflege zahlen. Den Gedanken, seine Frau in ein Heim zu geben, konnte der Ehemann allerdings auch nicht ertragen.

Als Krankenschwester kannte Karin sich in der Pflege aus und fing an, die Frau daheim zu betreuen. Bald merkte sie aber, dass ihre eigene Familie darüber zu kurz kam. Deshalb begann sie, andere Gemeindeglieder für die Pflege anzuleiten. Während der nächsten sieben Jahre, in denen die Krankheit ihren Lauf nahm, schulte Karin einunddreißig freiwillige Helfer, die die betroffene Familie mit Liebe, Gebet und praktischer Hilfe umgaben.

Wer Gott liebt, der soll auch seinen Bruder lieben, schrieb der Jünger Johannes (1.Joh. 4,21). Karin ist ein leuchtendes Beispiel für diese Art von Liebe. Sie hatte die Voraussetzungen, das Mitgefühl und die Vision, die Gemeinde zu motivieren, damit sie einem ihrer kranken Mitglieder half. Ihre Liebe zu einem einzelnen Menschen multiplizierte sich in vielen.

Wie könnte Gott deine Talente und Fähigkeiten nutzen, um anderen zu helfen? Lass dir von ihm zeigen, wo du deine Gaben für den Bau seines Reiches einsetzen sollst.

Liebe deinen Nächsten wie dich selbst. Jesus

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Умноженная любовь

Читать сейчас: 1 Иоанна 4:20–5:5 | Библия за год: Бытие 10-12; Матфея 4

И мы имеем от Него такую заповедь, чтобы любящий Бога любил и брата своего. — 1 Иоанна 4:21

Пожилая женщина из церкви, которую посещала Кэрен, заболела страшной болезнью – амиотрофическим склерозом. Жестокий недуг повредил нервы и мышцы, что привело к параличу. Семейная страховка не смогла покрыть уход на дому, а несчастный супруг не мог вынести мысли о том, чтобы отправить ее в дом престарелых.

Кэрен имела опыт работы сиделкой, поэтому решила приходить к больной и ухаживать за ней. Но вскоре стало ясно, что одной ей это не под силу: совсем не оставалось времени на семью. Тогда она стала обучать других сестер в церкви уходу за больными. В течение следующих семи лет лет, пока болезнь прогрессировала, Кэрен обучила тридцать одну помощницу. Вместе они окружили больную заботой, любовью и молитвами.

«Мы имеем от Него такую заповедь, чтобы любящий Бога любил и брата своего», – написал апостол Иоанн (1 Ин. 4:21). Кэрен оставила яркий пример такой любви. У нее было умение, сострадание и цель – объединить христиан вокруг страдающей души. Ее любовь к одному человеку, находящемуся в нужде, умножилась во многих сердцах.

Как Бог может употребить ваши таланты и способности для служения находящимся в нужде? Попросите Его показать вам, как Он желает употребить вас для Своего Царства.

«Возлюби ближнего как самого себя». Иисус Христос

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Notre Pain Quotidien - Un amour exponentiel

[Que] celui qui aime Dieu aime aussi son frère. (1 Jean 4.21)

Lorsque l’on a diagnostiqué la maladie de Lou‑Gehrig chez une femme de l’Église de Karen, les choses s’annonçaient mal pour elle. Cette maladie cruelle, qui s’attaque aux nerfs et aux muscles, conduit en définitive à la paralysie. Or, l’assureur de sa famille refusait de l’indemniser pour la faire soigner à domicile, et le mari de cette pauvre femme ne supportait pas l’idée de la mettre en maison de santé.

Infirmière de profession et ayant les compétences nécessaires pour venir en aide à cette amie, Karen s’est mise à aller en prendre soin chez elle. Cependant, elle n’a pas tardé à comprendre qu’il lui était impossible de s’occuper de sa propre famille tout en comblant les besoins de son amie, si bien qu’elle a commencé à enseigner à d’autres personnes de l’Église à lui venir en aide. À mesure que la maladie a évolué au cours des sept années suivantes, Karen a ainsi formé trente et un bénévoles, qui ont entouré la famille éprouvée par leur amour, leurs prières et leur aide pratique.

« [Que] celui qui aime Dieu aime aussi son frère », a déclaré Jean, disciple de Jésus (1 JN 4.21). Karen nous donne un formidable exemple de ce genre d’amour. Elle avait les aptitudes, la compassion et la vision nécessaires pour rallier toute la famille de l’Église à la cause d’une amie qui souffrait. Son amour pour une seule personne dans le besoin est devenu exponentiel dans la vie de nombreuses autres personnes qui ont manifesté le leur à leur tour.

Aime ton prochain comme toi‑même. — JÉSUS

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