The Upper Room Devotional

The Upper Room Devotional for 13th January 2023

Today's Topic: "Eternal Life" by Nancy J. Clark (Michigan, USA)

The Upper Room Devotional for 13th January 2023

The Upper Room Devotional for 13th January 2023

Welcome!!! The word of God is food to the spirit man. As you read The Upper Room Devotional Today, may the word of the Lord powerfully impact on you.

Topic: Eternal Life
Nancy J. Clark (Michigan, USA)

TODAY’S READING
John 11:17-27

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Jesus’ resurrection offers me the greatest sense of peace.

The Upper Room Devotional for 13th January 2023

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” – John 11:25-26 (NIV)

My husband was discouraged and depressed. After treating him for breathing problems for several months, the doctors still could not make a diagnosis and weren’t sure what the future held for him.

As a pastor, my husband had dedicated his life to serving others and walking with them through their dark valleys. Now he seemed lost and confused. I struggled to find ways to comfort him. But even reminiscing about family camping adventures we enjoyed over the years brought only temporary relief.

One day not long before he died, I walked into his hospital room and felt a peace not of this world. With a faint smile on his face, my husband turned to me and asked, “Are you ready for the next great adventure?” He had accepted the reality of eternal life promised by Jesus when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”

I now know in my heart what comfort that promise can give to those who struggle with the reality of their own approaching death, as well as to those left behind. The death of our earthly bodies is not the end. When we accept Jesus as our savior, a whole new great adventure awaits.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, thank you for your promise that we will remain with you even after our earthly life is over. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
Those facing imminent death

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