May 6, 2014

matthew3-8

Matthew 3:7-12

A teacher in New York asked her class to write about their dreams. These are a few of the dreams:

Brandon dreams that some day he will have a dad, “for real.”
Cheri dreams of food—”a lot” and “a lot of it.”
Chris dreams that he gets a new heart before this one stops.
Ashley and Ralph “don’t have time to dream because ‘living’s hard work.”

By the way, these are 6-, 7-, and 8-year-olds. The text from Matthew 3 recounts John the Baptist demanding repentance. “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” (Matt 3:8) The children described have dreams that are heart wrenching and, in many cases, horribly real.

Some of the people thought John was the long awaited Messiah. In their “dream” the Messiah would alleviate their misery. John knew that the fulfillment of dreams and change required a “heart change” that demonstrates behavior that brings hope and honors the coming Messiah—Jesus. Maybe you are the person whom God is calling to touch a life that will honor Jesus and bring hope to a child who lives in a world of little hope.

Prayer: Lord, help us bring hope and love to those who are hurting. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of  Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.

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