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God is Ready to Welcome You

There was a time in history when making it to the teenage years was a milestone, a time when one in three infants died before they learned to walk. In the early centuries of American life, big families were the norm because all mothers knew that they would bury at least some of their children. A walk through a forgotten cemetery today shows the destruction of diseases such as influenza and diphtheria upon single families, their children’s gravestones etched with dates only days apart. The very air people breathed carried many contagious germs from one person to another, with no cure to be found.

Today in America, most of us will be blessed with a long life, living well into our 80’s or beyond. And even the psalmist in the bible knew that a head of gray hair is a blessing to behold! But no matter how long our life extends on earth, the bible also tells us to consider it a mere breath—a puff of smoke. This truth should cause us to live soberly, thinking ahead to what comes at the end of our days. We should never take for granted that we have many years left to consider our spiritual health, for God tells us that today is the day to decide if we will trust in Him and receive salvation:

For God says, “Your cry came to me at a favorable time, when the doors of welcome were wide open. I helped you on a day when salvation was being offered.” Right now God is ready to welcome you. Today he is ready to save you.  2 Corinthians 6:2

There is no time like today to receive the greatest gift ever offered, the gift of salvation through Christ Whose birth we celebrate this month. Don’t put it off as the pages of the calendar turn through another year, when today God is ready to welcome you.

About Lisa

My husband Dan and I have three children and three grandchildren. We live in central Illinois. I am a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature, a member of faithwriters.com, and a member of SCBWI. My writings have been published at chirstiandevotions.us, in DevotionMagazine, the PrairieWind Newsletter, and here at thebottomline.co.

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  1. Hard to imagine carrying a baby growing inside and not knowing if they would survive after birth. Seems an added burden on the family to get too close once they are born just in case they didn’t live long. What a hardship to bare as a first time parent.
    Back then I would think that this would have been a more realistic picture about how fragile life can be. Today we can easily assume a long life when it is not promised to anyone of us.
    But we must not be disillusioned about it even now for no one knows when their journey is done in this world. May those who read your message take it to heart and make sure they know upon leaving this world that they will enter our Lord’s kingdom made available to them through faith only in the Christ born to deliver us from our wretched ways. Only then do we have reason to celebrate the reason for the Christmas season.
    Thank you for such excellent articles.

    • Hello Cora. Thank you for reading and taking the time to respond. So well said and very true. In our world we do make assumptions about life because of all the blessings we have today, and all the things of the past that we do not have to face. I cannot imagine how that aspect of life would have been,even with faith in God, yet I find it fascinating and full of life lessons for us!

      Thank you again for being a faithful reader! I appreciate being a part of this group of authors and writing for Joel. Happiest of new years to you! Lisa

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