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Shaped by God - Thursday, March 16 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Shaped by God
Thursday, March 16
Linda Young, member of RPC since 2003

The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' - Matthew 25:40

My life as a child was easy. I grew up with parents who loved me completely, my siblings loved me unconditionally, and I was raised in a church where I was loved and supported. I was pretty sheltered from the world. Love and acceptance were commonplace in my world.

As an adult, my world expanded and I was faced with situations where love and acceptance were not the norm. I was forced to see that there are people in the world that do not practice the acceptance that we see in Jesus. Our youngest daughter is special needs, my nephew is gay, a close friend adopted an African-American child. I have watched these people struggle with acceptance. They did not have the easy childhood I had.

I know now that God put these beautiful people in my life to open my heart. I am so grateful that our God doesn't turn anyone away. I am forever changed because of the faithfulness of people that didn't have the easy life I had. My savior says, let the children come to me. He says we are all one in the body of Christ. I am eternally grateful.

Lord, thank you for your love and acceptance. Please help me see everyone as one of your children. Amen.

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