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Built to Last

Now all praise to God for his wonderful kindness to us and his favor that he has poured out upon us, because we belong to his dearly loved Son. So overflowing is his kindness toward us that he took away all our sins through the blood of his Son, by whom we are saved; and he has showered down upon us the richness of his grace - for how well he understands us and knows what is best for us at all times.

God has told us his secret reason for sending Christ, a plan he decided on in mercy long ago; and this was his purpose: that when the time is ripe he will gather us all together from wherever we are - in heaven or on earth - to be with him in Christ, forever. Ephesians 1:6-10 (TLB)

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous - and how well I know it. Psalm 139: 14 (TLB)

Kate Carroll lives in Kildare, Ireland. She inherited some pieces of wooden furniture from her parents and a great aunt. She is not sure when they were originally made, but they are solid pieces that are both beautiful and made to last. They contrast mightily with some of the other pieces of furniture in their home that are not made from solid wood. Many of these newer items are nice to look at and functional, but Kate doubts she will leave any of them in her will to give to someone else.

Psalm 139 tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together by God in our mother's womb. There may be times when we feel fragile. However, like Kate's heirloom wooden furniture, we have an inherent strength, durability, and beauty. Circumstances may try to declare otherwise. We may hear whispers that we are not going to make it. But we can be encouraged, knowing that we are God's enduring handiwork.

Prayer: Dear Father, give us confidence when we feel fragile. Remind us that we are made by you, and we are yours, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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