Read 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-23
May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely.
My husband and I decided to buy a charming home built
in 1911. Leaded-glass windows, built-in cabinets, a secret
staircase, and the sunroom exceeded our expectations. One
day a friend mentioned to my husband that the low ceilings in
the living and dining rooms were unusual for this era. They
drilled a tiny hole through
the drywall but could not
see inside, so they made a
space big enough for their
heads to fit through.
As my husband and his
friend peered through the
hole, they were amazed at what they found and eagerly tore
down the rest of the drywall ceiling. Hidden for years beneath
old, dusty plaster were magnificent, ornate crossbeams and
crown moldings that encircled the entire room. The space
was quickly transformed into something grand. We won-
dered why someone had covered up such beauty.
I realized that we can allow something similar to happen
in our lives. We may let sin cover up the people God has
designed us to be. But when we work with God to carefully
remove the junk from our lives, we can once again see God’s
beauty and handiwork. Then we cannot help but praise our
Creator and Builder.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for never giving up on us. Continue
to remove the things that entangle us so that we may fully
enjoy the beauty of our relationship with you. Amen.
Sharon Setzer (Washington)
Prayer Focus: CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
Thought for the Day
God’s sanctifying work can