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A Rediscovered Gift

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay for the night.

God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God's many kinds of blessings. Are you called to preach? Then preach as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies, so that God will be glorified through Jesus Christ - to him be glory and power forever and Ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4: 8-11 (TLB)

But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow. James 1:17 (TLB)

Robert K. Abel is from Maryland. After being confined to his home for a week recovering from ankle surgery, church friends asked if he would like to go out for lunch. Although Robert's mobility was limited to a scooter, he immediately accepted. When he rolled out the front door, the winter air blew across his face. It was as if Robert had never experienced fresh air! It was renewing. On that day thoughtful friends helped Robert rediscover a gift he had forgotten.

Each day is a gift from God; but how often do we pause to think about each day as the refreshing new gift it is? We tend to take simple, recurring experiences for granted; that is, until we no longer have them.

Sometimes difficulty, like a bad ankle, helps us think about God's simple blessings. Robert's ankle surgery was a brief setback but through the kindness of friends, it awakened him to gifts he previously failed to notice or fully appreciate. Each day is a breath of fresh air from God - a time to celebrate all of God's perfect gifts.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for each new day with all that it offers, and forgive us for failing to notice or fully appreciate it, in the name of Jesus, who gave the greatest gift. Amen.

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