Friday December 19th, John 1:  10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.   That is all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time.  Being a child of God is a gift of grace, not birthright.  Receiving God into your life is not something you accomplish or find, it is simply a gift of grace.  There are many who do not know or want God in their lives, what of them?  God loves them too.  They too are made in the image of God.  They have just chosen not to accept the gift of grace for right now which again reflects the reality of some of the people all the time and all the people some of the time.  God will continue to love them, and you and I until they/we do love in return.  There are many who follow spiritual roads that do not include Christ as the center-line.  Don’t worry, Grace will find them in the long run, in this life or the next.  Jesus always seemed to be finding examples of faith on both sides of the road and even down some of those side roads that seem so far from the center line.  Perhaps we could find encouragement and understanding there too.


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