Lent Devotions 2010: Monday 29 March

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life.  He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life.”   John 5:24

During my lifetime here on earth, I have come to face many trials and tribulations.  But I pray and believe that my Lord and Saviour has answered my prayers.  There have been a few deaths in my family, and I now look forward to getting on with the remaining years of my life – where I will be joined with my dear departed loved ones, to be united with them in heaven.  I quote from one of my favourite hymns:

 Love divine, all loves excelling
Joy of heaven, to earth come down!
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,
All Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou are all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart. 

Finish then Thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee,
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love and praise!

 (LSB 700)

Gracious heavenly Father, I know I have sinned in thought, words and deeds, but I believe and trust that You have forgiven me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.