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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Today's Devotional

The Foundation

Isaiah 28:16 – So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed." (NIV)

The friend and customer for whom I had finished a stained glass commission was extremely happy. He had brought me a small oil painting of the Holy Family and asked me to recreate it in glass for him to hang in his window for Christmas. Unfortunately, a few days later, he returned with the beautiful glass in nothing but pieces. He had dropped it. He had swept up all the pieces and brought them back to me in a large manila envelope.

We dumped it out onto my table, and all I could do was sigh. It looked impossible. I just couldn't see how or where I would even begin to put it back together. My friend simply said, "I will leave it with you. Think about it. If you can't do anything, would you please make me another one?"

So I thought about it and I prayed about it, and as I did, ideas began to circulate within my mind as to how I would at least make a start. Step by step, I prayed and worked. The most difficult issue was that the foundational clear glass to which the stained glass is glued had been shattered, so there was nothing to attach the coloured pieces to. I carefully sifted through all the shards and gradually glued most of the original foundational glass back together. Once I had done this, I took a brand new piece of clear glass and glued it to the back of the shattered pieces. Now I had a brand new foundation, enabling me to begin rebuilding the entire piece. I managed to complete it before Christmas.

The finished product was quite amazing. Though small cracks could be seen here and there, the overall piece was beautiful. The cracks were an important reminder to my friend and me that each person needs a new foundation to build their lives upon: the foundation of Jesus Christ. Without Him, nothing that we build is lasting. But with Him, our lives take on a new and eternal purpose. With Him as our foundation, the broken and shattered pieces of our lives become mended and whole again, becoming a testimony to the glory of His goodness, love, and healing power. We also become part of the Holy Family — in this case, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As the prophet Isaiah wrote so many years ago, the one who trusts in this tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation, will never be dismayed.

Perhaps, as you read this today, your life has been shattered. Perhaps, you have not yet placed your faith in Jesus, the tested stone, the precious cornerstone for a sure foundation. Perhaps, today would be a good day to do so, for the one who trusts in Him will never be dismayed.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for sending us Jesus, the precious cornerstone for a sure foundation. Thank You that all who call out in faith and believe upon His name and His saving power find forgiveness for their sins and eternal life in Him. Bless all those today who are making the choice to begin a new life with Christ as their foundation. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Lynne Phipps <>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

Today's Thought: Then there are those who are waiting for opportunity to break the door down and come in.
Today's Verse: Matthew 2:4-6 – When King Herod had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'" (NIV)
Today's Bible Readings:
One-Year* Scripture Passage: Song of Solomon 3-4
Two-Year* Scripture Passages: 2 Kings 11; Philippians 1:1-11
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Zephaniah 2:1-15

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Please Pray for JH as she enters radiation treatment posted on 12/12/2018
Thank you, everyone, for your continued prayers for "JH", our feisty 80 yr old fighting a stage 4 cancer as she starts a rigorous radiation regime on Dec 12th of 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 7 weeks. She very much appreciates all your prayers. I am sent a report every morning of how many prayers have been lifted up for her, and I email that information to be given to her as she lives far away in another country. Thanks be to God for this prayer line. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

More On "Mrs", originally posted on 12/5/2018:
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Update posted on 12/12/2018: My sister gets her surgery in January but they are hoping to get her admitted today to get fluids by IV as she is not eating. Please pray for wisdom for those attending her. God bless

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Update posted on 12/12/2018: We were told that a valve inside the heart is hardening, and would be almost impossible to replace. There are also several blockages. The Doctor said "we will wait and see." We must keep the faith. Px

Medical posted on 12/12/2018
Pray for 5 yr. old grand daughter who is to see a specialist on Thurs. Dec.12 about over active thyroid. Pray for wisdom for the specialist in treating her, and for healing.

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