Miracle in a Child (Advent) - Friday, December 15

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Miracle in a Child - Friday, December 15

"Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court."
Psalm 127:3-5 (NIV)

I am writing this devotion three days after my daughter, Marlee Grace, was born. 

I am filled with such great joy and gratitude as I look upon this new baby girl in my arms.  The doctor told us we would never have children again, because my wife has only one tube left, which was mangled, and would never produce a child.  The doctor who delivered our baby girl said our baby girl was a miracle!

Our Lord still does miracles! 

Beyond the gift of salvation that Christ has given me, and given you, He extends His blessings even further.  In my case, He has given me a healthy baby girl with a healthy mother.

I am a chief sinner who does not deserve anything but wrath and death.  But in His mercy, God gave me life through Jesus and life through this gift of a child.  I am grateful! 

As we look to the birth of a baby, a baby named Immanuel, let’s give Him thanks and praise. 

Lord God, I thank you for the babe you sent into this world to save sinners like me.  Thank you for new life, and the mercy and grace you so freely give. In Jesus name, Amen.        

Deacon Bob Prue (Rosebud Sioux)
Lawrence, Kansas