Day 1: John 5:1-30, Genesis 16-18
John 5:24 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Lord God, I live and act sometimes like I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders. I live as if it were all up to me. And then I look at the daily grind and long for it all to be over. I look the future for hope and wait with expectation for what you are preparing for me in heaven. I can’t wait for that. But Lord, you show me here that I can live now, that you have given me life already now, today. Even now. Today. I have as my very own possession eternal life. I have, already today, passed from death to life. There is no judgment for me. You have already declared my verdict; I am not guilty. You will raise me from the dust of the earth on the last day; I will live with you forever. And even now, already today, you promise to be with me and even play for me – you, Lord Jesus, are for me and not against me. You understand the struggles I face and you can help me. In fact, you want to and even do help me. You invite, yes, even urge me to come into your presence with anything at any time. I don’t have to wait until heaven to enjoy your blessings. Grant joy to my spirit by your Spirit because of the life I already have from you. Amen.