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Light in the Darkness (Monday)
Read: JOHN 1:3-5, 9-12
Thunder crashed loudly, and Raya gasped as the lights blinked once and then everything went black. "Oh no!" Garrett exclaimed. "The storm knocked out our power. What dowe do now, Dad?"
"Don't move," Dad told them. "I'll go find some candles."
"I'll come too." Garrett jumped up, took one step, and stumbled over something. "Ow!" he howled as he got up and sank back into his seat.
Soon Dad returned with a lighted candle in each hand. "There--how's that?" Dad carefully set the candles down on the coffee table. "Now we can see again."
"This is nice," said Mom, leaning back in her chair. "I like candlelight."
"Well, it's not very bright," said Garrett, "but it's better than the dark." He rubbed his foot. "Now I see what I tripped over--a book that fell on the floor."
Raya, who had been reading before the power went out, leaned toward the candles to see better, but then put down her book. "It's still pretty dark for reading. I'm glad we don't have to use candlelight all the time, like they did hundreds of years ago."
"I am too," Dad agreed. "But even today people live in the dark."
"They do?" Garrett asked. "You mean, like blind people?"
"Actually, I was thinking of people living in the darkness of sin. That's much
worse than physical blindness," said Dad. "If we've never seen the light of Jesus in our lives, we often think everything is just fine. But it really isn't. The darkness keeps us from seeing clearly."
"Like I couldn't see anything on the floor tonight," said Garrett. "I thought I could walk out of here, but I tripped as soon as I took a step."
Mom nodded. "The good news is that no one has to stay in the dark. Jesus is the light of the world, and He offers His light to anyone who will trust in Him. His light is much more powerful than this candlelight." As she spoke, the lights suddenly came back on and lit up the room.
"All right!" exclaimed Raya. "No more darkness here tonight!" LYNNE M. LEPLEY
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you have the light of Jesus in your life? Has it shown you that you’re a sinner in need of the forgiveness He offers? Or do you think you’re doing just fine on your own? If so, you’re walking in the dark. You need Jesus. He wants to come into your life and take away the darkness of sin. Invite Him in today. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: JOHN 8:12 (KJV)
[JESUS SAID,] “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. HE WHO FOLLOWS ME SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS.” (NKJV)
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Pieces of a Puzzle (Tuesday)
Read: JEREMIAH 29:11-13
Regan sat at the table, working on her half-finished jigsaw puzzle. Holding a small puzzle piece, she stared sadly into space. "You don't look very happy," observed Mom as she came by. "Something wrong?"
Regan sighed. "It's just that I'm tired of moving! Sometimes I wish Dad wasn't in the Army. We've moved so often in the last few years, and now we have to move again. It doesn't seem fair."
"I know, honey, but Dad and I feel the Army is the place God wants him to be," said Mom. "We believe God knows what's best for us, even when it includes moving a lot."
"Well, I can't see how leaving my friends could be best for me," replied Regan. "I'm going to miss them so much!"
Mom took the puzzle piece from Regan and pushed it into its correct place. She pointed to the rest of the scrambled pieces lying on the table. "You know, this puzzle really doesn't look very good."
Regan frowned. "It's a pretty picture! It's just not finished yet."
"Exactly!" said Mom. "When you start a puzzle, you can't see the whole picture, and it may not look very pretty. But the pieces fit together, and little by little they begin to make a nice picture. That's how God works through changes in our lives. At first, we may not see how they'll fit. But when we remember that we've been saved and given eternal life through Jesus and that He promises to work everything out for our good, we can trust Him with the big picture." Mom smiled. "Do you remember how you met Alessandra?"
"Sure," said Regan. "The week we moved here, I fell while riding my bike and skinned my knee really bad."
"Did you think that was a good thing?" asked Mom.
Regan shook her head. "It really hurt, but now I'm glad it happened. Otherwise, I might not have met Alessandra. She saw me and came to help, and now we're best friends."
Mom nodded. "God knew just how to put the right pieces together."
Regan smiled. "And if He did it once, He can do it again. I wonder what the next piece of the puzzle will look like!" KAREN E. COGAN
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you worried and upset over changes in your life? Remember that you’re not seeing the whole picture. Like a puzzle, your life is made up of many pieces. God knows just where each one should go, and He knows when it’s time to put it in place. Remember how much He loves you, and trust Him to put the pieces together in the best possible way.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: ROMANS 8:28 (KJV)
WE KNOW THAT GOD MAKES ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND ARE CHOSEN TO BE A PART OF HIS PLAN. (NLV)
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Fishing for Patience (Wednesday)
Read: JAMES 5:8
Caleb sat on the bucket Grandpa had turned upside down. He reached into the container and grabbed a fishing worm. It felt cool and slimy between his fingers. He watched it curl up and around, struggling to get away.
"Let me show you how to bait your hook." Grandpa reached for Caleb's pole, and Caleb dropped the worm into his open palm.
"I want to bait the next one, Grandpa."
"You sure can. Just be careful of the barb on the hook." He handed the pole back to Caleb. "Now show me a good cast."
Caleb angled the pole over his shoulder and flicked it forward, letting the hook and string fly out over the rippling water.
"Great cast! Now we wait." Grandpa opened a lawn chair and sat down.
"What do you mean, we wait?" asked Caleb. "I don't like to wait."
"We wait for the fish to find the bait," said Grandpa. "We have to be patient." Caleb frowned. "Mom tells me to be patient when it's my birthday or Christmas
and I want to open presents."
Grandpa chuckled. "I bet she does. But learning patience is important." "But it's so hard!" said Caleb. "I get tired of waiting for dinner when I'm starving, or helping my little sister learn to do things, or waiting for my favorite TV show to come on."
"I know it's difficult sometimes, but being patient is one way we show God's love to others. Jesus showed a lot of patience. There were many times He had to be patient with His disciples. Even though they saw His miracles and listened to His stories, it took them a while to understand that He was the Son of God who had come to die on the cross for the world's sins."
"So if I'm feeling impatient, I should think about Jesus?" asked Caleb.
"That's a good idea," said Grandpa. "He's always patient with us, and He'll help you be patient too."
Caleb smirked. "Even if Mom is taking a long time to fix dinner?"
"Yes, even then--though if you helped her, you wouldn't have to wait as long," Grandpa said with a wink. He pointed to Caleb's fishing line. "Hey, look! I think you have a bite. Reel it in!" LORI HULVEY
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you struggle with being patient? Do you want things to happen quickly and in your time frame? When you find it difficult to wait for something, think of Jesus and how patient He is. He was patient with His disciples, and He’s always patient when He’s trying to teach you something too. Trust Him to help you show His love and patience to others while you wait.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: EPHESIANS 4:2 (KJV)
BE COMPLETELY HUMBLE AND GENTLE; BE PATIENT, BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE. (NIV)
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A Real Masterpiece (Thursday)
Read: PSALM 103:8-12
I.think this is the best painting I've done yet," Thea told her cousin Ava as they painted together after school one day. Thea held up her picture of a bright red cardinal perched on a branch.
"That's so good!" said Ava. She studied it a moment. "I really like how you outlined the wings here." As she motioned toward the picture, her brush touched a wing, and green paint smeared onto Thea's painting. "Oh no! I'm so sorry!" Ava exclaimed.
The girls tried to repair the picture, but the more they daubed and wiped, the worse it looked. Ava felt terrible. "Can you ever forgive me?" she asked, near tears. "I am so sorry!"
Thea was very disappointed but tried to comfort Ava. "Don't worry about it. It's okay." She looked at the ruined picture. "I'll do it over. It will be a masterpiece next time--you'll see." But she could tell Ava wasn't convinced. "Really. It's okay." Thea tried to reassure Ava, but her cousin seemed to feel even worse than Thea did.
That evening, Thea told her family what had happened. "Ava still feels so bad about it," she said sadly. "It's like she doesn't believe me when I tell her it's okay. That makes me feel almost worse than having my picture ruined."
"Well, I'm proud of you for your good attitude and forgiving spirit," said Mom.
"I am too," said Dad. "But be patient with Ava. After all, we're all like that sometimes."
Thea looked at her father with a puzzled expression.
"We want people to believe us when we say they're forgiven, and God wants us to believe Him too," Dad explained. "But sometimes we don't." Dad smiled at Thea. "I remember a certain young lady who stained our new carpet after she was told not to take juice into the living room. She was sorry, and we forgave her." Thea knew he meant her. "I also heard her confess it to Jesus--several times," continued Dad. "He forgave her too--the first time she asked."
"Then you reminded me that Jesus died so my sins could be erased, and that He always forgives me." Thea grinned. "A life with all our sins erased--now that's a real masterpiece!" DORIS L. SEGER
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you believe Jesus when He says He forgives you? If you trust Him as your Savior, believe Him when He says He forgives all your sins. When you lie, disobey, say something unkind, or do something that seems even worse, confess it to Him. Believe what He tells you in His Word, the Bible—that through His sacrifice on the cross, all your sins have been forgiven and erased.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: ISAIAH 43:25 (KJV)
I—YES, I ALONE—WILL BLOT OUT YOUR SINS FOR MY OWN SAKE AND WILL NEVER THINK OF THEM AGAIN. (NLT)
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The Master of Illusion (Friday)
Read: REVELATION 12:9
He's gone!" Jack said, staring at the screen. "I watched him the whole time, and he just disappeared from the stage."
"That's why he's called an illusionist," Dad said.
Suddenly the illusionist reappeared--in the back of the auditorium. The audience clapped and cheered. "I wonder how he did that," Jack said.
Dad shrugged. "I don't know, but it's a great trick. Did you know that the Army used a disappearing trick once? Toward the end of World War Two, they put together a special force they named the Ghost Army."
"Seriously? Did they put sheets over their heads to scare the enemy army away?"
Dad laughed. "No, they were called the Ghost Army because they were there one day and gone the next."
"You mean, it looked like they just disappeared?" Jack asked.
"Right," said Dad. "And it made our army look bigger and stronger than it was. The Ghost Army were masters of illusion. They had many full-sized rubber tanks, trucks, and cannons they inflated to make it look like a huge army was coming to fight. Once the Ghost Army knew the enemy saw them and were coming to attack, they deflated everything, left quickly, and showed up someplace else."
"Whoa," Jack said. "That had to confuse the enemy."
"Yes," Dad said. "They sent soldiers to one place when the real battle was someplace else. They lost over twenty major battles that way, which helped us win the war."
"They made a bad choice," Jack said. "I wonder if the Army still does tricks like that." "I'm not sure, but the Bible tells us Satan is a master of illusion and tries to trick us." "What does he try to trick us about?" Jack asked.
"Satan wants us to think he's bigger and more powerful than he is," Dad said. "But the truth is, he has no power over Christians. Anyone who trusts in Jesus has been freed from sin and Satan's power. He tries to confuse us, but Jesus has given us the power to resist him."
"So we don't have to make bad choices like our enemies did in World War Two," Jack said. "We can know Satan's lying and trust and obey God instead."
Dad nodded. "Exactly." MATT SHOEMAKER
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you been confused by Satan’s tricks? Has he tried to make you think God doesn’t love you or that doing something wrong is no big deal? He is a master illusionist who tries to trick us into making bad choices instead of trusting God. But Satan has no power over Christians because Jesus defeated him when He died for our sins and rose again. Through Jesus, you have the power to resist Satan and his lies.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 JOHN 4:4 (KJV)
YOU ARE OF GOD, LITTLE CHILDREN, AND HAVE OVERCOME THEM, BECAUSE HE WHO IS IN YOU IS GREATER THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD. (NKJV)