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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Friday, January 7, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Ephesians 1:3–14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory. (NRSV)

Reflection
On New Year’s Day, my husband wrote a post on Facebook that said “As we enter year three of 2020, I wish everyone health and happiness.” What a few years we have all dealt with! I know that I have struggled a lot, weighing what is safe for our family to do. As parents, we are experiencing school switching from in person to remote, many times at the last minute. I find it all to be overwhelming and exhausting. I’m tired and want life to go back to what it used to be.

Despite all of the doom and gloom thoughts that float through my head, today’s passage brings me some hope. The letter to the Ephesians reminds us of how blessed we truly are. Our God loves us and showers us with grace and compassion. We all belong to Christ, who walks with us every moment of every day. We are blessed with a wonderful, supportive church family that does so much good work in our community. We are definitely blessed, even during times when we struggle. And for that I am very grateful.

Prayer
Loving God, thank you for all of the things with which you bless me—good friends, a supportive church family, and the unconditional love that you provide to me. Remind me of these blessings, especially when I may be struggling to get through the day. Amen.

Written by Briana Belding-Peck, Family Ministry Coordinator

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