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The Gift

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."

Luke 10:41-42 (NRSV)

Bill Gosling, from Western Australia, really enjoys classical music. The Brandenburg Concertos by Bach are special favorites of his. The history of these pieces makes them even more intriguing. Bach composed them and sent the scores in his own handwriting to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721.However, the full score remained untouched in the library until the Margrave's death in 1734, and it was not published until 1850. It's amazing to Bill that such a beautiful gift was neglected for so long.

This reminds Bill of the gift of salvation that is available to every one of us. Some never open this gift and so never experience the joy it can bring. The reasons are many and complex. But those who do open the gift find abundant living and receive life eternal with God.

So when Bill hears the Brandenburg Concertos, he remembers the gift of salvation that God offers us through Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your precious gift of salvation. May we live a life of loving service as our way of showing our gratitude, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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