A friend recently asked how I come up with the material for these devotionals. Being on the planet for almost seventy years is the short answer. Forty-five years of sermons provides me with a lot of material. Possessing a memory that goes back to sometime in 1955 is a treasure trove. Remembering songs that had meaning and were not just noise are a part of that. Growing up in a wonderful community was a real asset. Finding myself in a safe and loving family, although a spoiled brat, didn’t hinder. I was blessed to have teachers who knew I didn’t want to learn but didn’t give up on me. Outstanding friends, that were unique and true, paved the way. Inheriting a church that has an appetite for the Word of God made success a possibility. The English teacher who is committed to checking my final drafts is an asset. On top of everything else, a Savior who loved me, gave Himself for my soul, and is the Vine to which I cling is my ultimate source. I’m sure I’m leaving out other things, but I’m trying to keep this short.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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,
Thanks to a friend who caused me to think about it.