Jeremiah 31: 3,4 The Lord appeared to us I the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness, I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful.
Prayer: Lord God, your everlasting love renews life and hope in us today.
Thought for the day: Parents know how to love even when the child does not return the love.
Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The Lord did not set his affection on you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Prayer: Lord God, you loved us enough to give us life for one more day, and we thank you.
Thought for the day: Perfection is not a prerequisite for true parental love.
Malachi 1:2,3 “I have loved you,” says the Lord. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? The Lord says. “Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.
Prayer: Lord God, your love for us is our protection and our blessing.
Thought for the day: For safety sake never get between a mama bear and her cubs.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Prayer: Lord God, we give our thanks for the gift of your son.
Thought for the day: For the newborn king the little drummer boy gave what he had; he played on his drum.
Ephesians 2: 3,4 All of us lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich I mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, surely it is a great love that would save us by grace.
Thought for the day: The songwriter called God’s grace wonderful and matchless, since it is greater than all our sin.
Proverbs 3:11, 12 My son do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Prayer: Lord God, even though you may discipline us, we would abide in your love.
Thought for the day: The child can endure the discipline, if he or she is confident of being loved.
I John 4:7, 8 Dear friends let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Prayer: Lord God, we are in awe that you would entrust to us the task of loving one another
Thought for the day: To love others we must see them for who they are.
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