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A FRIENDLY WELCOME

Devotional for Saturday February 19, 2022


Morning Luke 15:22-25

Noon Psalm 2

Evening Romans 12:9-13


Every time I visited the house of a cousin of mine, I would receive an enthusiastic welcome from her pet named Lanita. She was a very cute and loving dog. When Lanita would see me arrive, she would run, jump, even turn around several times to show me how happy she was to see me. I felt that Lanita was very welcoming with her cheerful displays. Who wouldn’t like to be received with such enthusiasm? This is how the children of God should receive our brothers in faith - with a smile and a warm embrace. These are nice ways to say, "You are welcome to this house." Don’t let the problems and worries of life steal your joy. Let’s strive for a warm, effusive welcome for everyone who comes to our home, and let’s not forget that those who should first receive such an enthusiastic welcome should be our children and our spouses. There are many people in the world who are hungry for love, and we are in charge of meeting that need. When we give them a warm welcome, we are teaching them that the love of God is poured out in our hearts. In doing so, we are also helped, because when we give, we receive abundantly.


Written by Merari Martínez,


Translated by Maria Elena Cardona

 

Morning Luke 15:22-25

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.


Noon Psalm 2

1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.


Evening Romans 12:9-13

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

 

Prayer Guide: [Cuba-La Tea] and [México-P. Canoa]

February's challenge: Show love, not only with words but with deeds, to your relatives, to your spiritual brothers and the neighbors. Give them flowers, make a donation when needed, write something special to them, help the needy, feed the hungry, etc. Pray for this daily.


Annual Bible reading: Deuteronomy 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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