December 20

Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Isaiah 50:2

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us. Ephesians 1:18-19 NIV

We are blessed to be chosen by God as his adopted children. He sacrificed his son, Christ, to give us redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ and therefore, forgiveness of our trespasses. He has lavished us with the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:4-8 paraphrased).

His power inspires us. There is no other baby whose birth is celebrated as is the birth of Jesus. As we prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, we are reminded that because Jesus was born, died, and rose again on the behalf of each one of us, we are inheritors of the hope to which he called us; that is the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints. No matter what, God is there to redeem each one of us. May we rejoice in this marvelous inheritance and share this good news during this season of celebration, and reach out to those who feel lost.

Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

It is a glorious gift that we have been chosen as your adopted children and inheritors of eternal life. Thank you for never giving up on us and for welcoming us back into your fold no matter what has caused us to stray. Let us share the good news of you glorious inheritance. Help us to realize again and again what a marvelous gift it is for each of us to be counted among the saints. Amen.

Florence Smallfield