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The Upper Room 8th January 2024 Devotional || Blessings within Burdens

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The Upper Room 8th January 2024 Devotional || Blessings within Burdens

Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for January 8, 2024 Message written by Margaret Foegen Karsten (Wisconsin, USA). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.

TODAY’S READING
John 11:32-44

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Hidden blessings can be found in heavy burdens.

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)

At age 22, our son, John, who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, had surgery to insert feeding tubes. Loss of muscles, including those that control swallowing, created a condition that contributed to frequent pneumonia. John had also lost weight.

Two months after the surgery, with Thanksgiving approaching, I felt despondent because John could no longer join in family meals with us. The scripture reading at church about Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead took on new meaning, however. Instead of lamenting that John couldn’t eat, I thanked God that he was alive. How wonderful that God gave people the knowledge and skill to put all nutrients needed to sustain human life in a can!

John could not enjoy family meals as he once had, but he could laugh, talk, play games, defend his views, give advice, tell jokes, and watch his favorite football team. Although the ingenuity underlying tube-feeding that restored his life differed markedly from Christ’s miraculous raising of Lazarus, it allowed John to be with us for 11 more years and live to see his younger sisters become adults.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, thank you for helping us see how you can use even heavy burdens to restore life. Help us live one day at a time, trusting you to provide for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
Those with muscular dystrophy

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