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Showing Appreciation

We know what real love is from Christ's example in dying for us. and so we also ought to lay down our lives for our Christian brothers.

But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well,and sees a brother in need, and won't help him - how can God's love be within him? Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. 1 John 3:16-18 (TLB)

Chris Grove, from Oklahoma, has been dedicated his entire life to his wife, their four children, and now their grandchildren. He took his family camping, coached Little League, and drove a station wagon. He showed his love for his children in the best way he knew how - by spending time with them. His kids now live all over the country and have careers and their own families, and he misses them greatly.

One day, Chris ended up in ER, and he needed triple bypass open-heart surgery two days later. He went under anesthesia knowing that his wife and friends were praying in the waiting room. Neither his wife nor Chris knew that all four of their children had dropped everything to travel hundreds of miles to be there. When he woke up in the recovery room, Chris was surrounded by more love than he ever hoped to receive. His children demonstrated their love for him just by being present. Chris felt overwhelmingly appreciated, and that bleak October day turned into the best day of his life!

When Chris considers how loved he felt that day, he thinks of how God must feel when we set aside time for prayer and praise. Showing sincere gratitude is one way we can show our love for God.

Prayer: Ever-present Father, thank you for always being here with us. Call us daily to spend time with you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Loved by family and friends; needs prayer that his kidney function will improve.

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