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Hand Print
Today’s Bible Passage: “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them” (Mark 10:13-16).
Recently, a friend wrote the following statement relative to her five year old little boy. “Cleaning today, getting ready for family to come for the holidays, I saw a dirty little handprint next to the light switch. I almost wiped it away, but something stopped me quickly. I realized how precious that little hand is. It shows that my little boy is alive and healthy in his home. I thought how badly I’d miss that little hand if it were suddenly taken from me. Guess what? For this season there’s a little handprint stain on my wall. I love it there. My house may not be spic and span but that’s because a family lives here and we may be too busy hugging, laughing or sometimes arguing to always sweep or mop. But on my death bed, I bet I don’t say, ‘man. I should’ve cleaned more.'”
The Handprint
By Roy Crutcher
Today I found a handprint
That It started to wipe away,
But something said, “don’t do it”
You’ll be happy you didn’t some day.
That dirty little handprint,
Looks so bad there on the wall,
But what if there were no little child,
To put it there at all?
Children are so precious,
We love them all so much,
So why get upset
When we see a smudgy touch?
So innocently was it put there,
As they went about their play,
Able to run and jump and yell,
And all the other stuff they can to today.
Tomorrow holds no promise,
For what a child can do,
Or even it he’ll be here,
This is a fact that’s so true.
So cherish the child each day,
Hold them close and hug,
Tell them that you love them,
And cherish that handprint smudge.
If we truly love and nurture our children; if we teach them the ways of the Lord; if we show patience and yet instill discipline when they are small, they will, likely grow up to be individuals that we can be proud of. What’s more. God will be well pleased.
Hymn “Jesus Loves The Little Children”
Prayer: Father it is my prayer this day that we will encourage all parents to be godly parents who will set the proper examples before their children, and continually instruct them in the ways of the Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Roy Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL


What? Lose My Life?

Scripture: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it” (Luke 9:24).
This sounds like a paradox. Who wouldn’t want to save his life? How can a man save his life by losing it? Come on, this is just crazy! We will go to any length to preserve our lives, our well-being. We don’t want to lose either.


God Sees It All

Bible Verse for Today: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).

At times it seems that those who have no regard for God prosper. They have wealth, material goods, and the best of life. Or so it can seem to those of us who are on the outside looking in. But the Lord sees both sides of the picture. God knows the wicked, and He knows the good. He sees it all.

David paints pictures of the wicked in the Psalms. The wicked have no fear of God and flatter themselves in their own eyes. The words of their mouths are iniquity and deceit. They stop being wise and doing good, and they lie in their beds at night devising wicked plans (36:1-4). They plot against the just and gnash against them (37:12). God tells us not to envy the wicked or get upset because of them (37:1). He laughs at the wicked and will cut them off (37:9, 13).
The good delight themselves in the Lord and trust in Him (37:4). God will make their righteousness go forth as the light, and their justice as the noonday (37:6). Those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land (37:9). The Lord upholds them, and their inheritance shall be forever (37:17, 18). The law of their God is in their hearts, and none of their steps shall slide (37:31).
God takes care of the righteous. He is their stronghold in the time of trouble and rescues them from the wicked (37:39, 40). David says, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25). God sees everything, and He takes care of the righteous.
Song: “Trust and Obey”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your constant care and watching over us. We pray that we will never leave Your fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Donna Richmond Wittlif, Denver, Colorado