January 3, 2019 Daily Devotion

The scripture for today is Psalm 72:18.

“Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.”

A sign on the wall at the Siteman Cancer Center reads: “Life does not consist of how many breaths we take, but of the things that take our breath away.” Jesus’ miracles surely took away the breath of his witnesses and of those individuals who were fed, forgiven, saved from death, and cured. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by accounts of Jesus’ miracles. Some of my favorites are the loaves and fishes, the ten lepers (only one of whom, a Samaritan, turned back to say thank you), and the woman who touched the hem of Jesus robe and was healed.

I have been thinking a lot about God’s power to accomplish miracles during the past few months as I am being treated for MDS. I have seen patients who have reached remission joyfully ring the brass bell which hangs in the hallway of the treatment center. Families gather around, and photos or videos record the wonderful, miraculous event. Patients receiving infusions in the treatment pods applaud the healings. Nurses who have served to bring about healing join in the celebration. Thanks be to God! A number of the amazing volunteers who faithfully serve patients by bringing warm blankets, snacks, playing guitar and singing, providing sweet therapy dogs to bring comfort, are themselves survivors who wish to express their gratitude by serving others. This is a place of hope and trust that miracles are still possible through God’s infinite power and love.

Living Lord disciples have shown me the love of Jesus through encouraging cards, delicious meals, and cheerful visits. Praise God for our family at Living Lord.

Lord, we praise you for loving us so deeply that you sent Jesus to save us. Strengthen us to reach out to others with God’s love. Amen

Anna Klobuchar klobuchar@charter.net

Pray For: The sick, the needy, and the marginalized who are so precious to God.

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