Mustard Seed Daily DevotionDiseased

In the Word

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26).

Of the Word

Genetics … one part of life we cannot escape from or change. For me it brings a heart disease passed from my grandmother to my mother to me. Other women in my family have it too, and it is likely some of our children will have it also. While modern medicine searches for cures, many will die from the diseases that often result from genetic weaknesses. It just doesn’t seem fair.

All of us carry within us a “genetic” spiritual disorder: original sin. This is inescapable because we are born with it. We’re stuck with it. We can mask the symptoms by our good efforts to be more loving, or patient, or brave, but this disease — like many others — strives to do evil and take life from us.

Is there a cure for this genetic sin disorder? Absolutely! By Baptism we are washed clean of the guilt of original sin and receive the certain promise that though we die, we will live. Baptism turns death into life.

… [God] saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit … (Titus 3:5).

Walking with my Lord

Thank You, Lord, for the cleansing waters of Baptism by which You forgive my sins and rescue me from the power of death. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Nancy Nemoyer. 2/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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