Today’s Reading: John (NIV)
15 [Jesus said,] “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
There is nothing more exciting than seeing a baby turned toddler take its first steps. Last night, Grandpa Jeff and Granny Deb sat on the soft carpeting of the living room floor, cheering and encouraging our youngest grandson Andrew on, as he took his very first steps to us. Rachel said that Andrew took two steps over the weekend, but had not been brave enough to try again. I think he needed an older, more mature audience. He was high-stepping it last night! It’s funny – the wee ones get so excited that they begin to laugh and then they lose their balance and fall down. It helps when there is someone there to pull you back up on your feet and encourage you to try again. Andrew really liked all the applause. He would stop midway between us and start to clap for himself, knowing we would clap along with him. Isn’t it great to experience some sense of accomplishment, even as you’re learning how to walk the steep path set before you?
I read an inspiring article today on the United Methodist News Service wire entitled, “Pittsburgh Church Helps Amputees in
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Today, our nation celebrates and remembers its first steps on this Independence Day holiday. We are reminded of our country’s struggle toward freedom, the many times when we’ve fallen down, only to be helped up by an encouraging neighbor. We lend our support to help others who are struggling to get back up again, knowing that when we link hands and hearts together, we succeed in taking those crucial first steps of faith. Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” May we find new ways each day to encourage and support each other, as we imitate the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May our first steps begin and end in His love.
Grace and peace,
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