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The Upper Room Devotional 30th July 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 30th July 2022

The Upper Room Devotional 30th July 2022

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The Upper Room Daily Devotional For Today 30 July 2022Birth Story By Ivan W. Nicholson (Minnesota, USA)

TOPIC: Birth Story

Ivan W. Nicholson (Minnesota, USA)

TODAY’S READING

Luke 1:57-66

KEY VERSE: [Zechariah] asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. – Luke 1:63 (NRSV)

MESSAGE

One day my daughter-in-law asked me to share my son’s birth story. In her Native American tradition, birth stories carry particular importance. She knew her own birth story and those of their two daughters, but not her husband’s. I realized that I had never told my son this story.

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On a fall evening, my wife and I went to the hospital anticipating the arrival of our first child one month early. The next morning, under a clear blue sky, my wife went into labor. She was sedated, but I was present. Soon after delivery, my wife began hemorrhaging. She never regained consciousness, and she passed away six hours later.

The first person to come to the hospital was our pastor, David. Then came my best friend, David, and his wife, along with my oldest brother, John. As my wife and I had not chosen baby names, John David seemed appropriate. John means “God is gracious” or “gracious gift of God,” and David means “beloved.”

The Upper Room Devotional 30th July 2022

I know God was present at John’s birth and grieved at the death of his mother. God surrounded my son with love that day and has continued to love and watch over him. My son now knows that in him God gave the world a beautiful gift.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Even when I struggle to comprehend God’s love and presence, God is still there.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Dear God, help us to love and trust you even when our situation causes us to question our relationship with you. In the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS

First-time fathers

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The Upper Room Devotional 30th July 2022

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO. ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

SAY THIS 1 MINUTE PRAYER

LORD JESUS, I BELIEVE YOU DIED FOR MY SINS, FORGIVE ME OF ALL MY INIQUITIES. I ACCEPT YOU AS MY LORD AND SAVIOUR FROM TODAY AND FOREVERMORE. COME AND BE THE LORD OF MY LIFE AND I AM WILLING TO OBEY YOUR COMMAND AND LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL AS YOU HELP ME, THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME INTO YOUR FOLD. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO THEE, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD

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