Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalms 25:4-5,8-9,10,14; I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36
A young widow had been left with her four small children to raise and her physically handicapped mother to care for. Over the years, she devoted herself wholeheartedly to the task. She nursed her mother through a long, difficult terminal illness. Lovingly, she supported and guided her children through adolescence and teen-age years. When the youngest child graduated from college, the woman said, “For so long I had wanted to be out from under these responsibilities, and now I am free. But now that I’m liberated, and I’m wondering what I am free for, I can’t think of what could possibly be more fulfilling than raising four beautiful children.”
Jesus began His public ministry by preaching the Gospel in the streets of Galilee. “There He proclaimed the Good News from God,” Mark tells us. “The time has come,” He said, “and the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe in the Good News” (Mk. 1:14,15).
Jesus was telling the people that He…
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