HE loved us first.

“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

A morning devotion today had the above scripture reading, a message that revolved around love and the attached photo is of two girls living in Ouanaminthe, Haiti and their smiles tell you they have a Savior and are eating Trinity/HOPE food.  How can you help but not love this photo?  “Have you ever loved someone?  Love causes us to reach out to another.  It causes us to make sacrifices.  We sacrifice our time, our money and sometimes our own desires.  Love binds a person to the thing that they love.  Loving is a risky business, because sometimes the one that we love does not and will not love us back.”  That was the opening message this morning for one of my devotion; loving someone, reaching out and making various sacrifices.  Trinity/HOPE supporters love their Savior, their Creator and their Comforter…and His children.  We make sacrifices sometimes, and other times we just give; again and again.  I am guilty of that, giving without really considering how special the life is that my gift is touching…reaching out to a life that doesn’t know I exist.

At those times, the Holy Spirit uses my gift, my ‘sacrifice’ to touch that life with a blessing that will prayerfully place an ear to ear smile upon their face.  Not often we get to see such happiness, as in the two smiles in this photo.  They are genuine, they are real, they are thankful and they truly believe that you are a Godsend to them.  I pray that your financial sacrifice, your prayers and your love will continue to touch girls in white ribbons and boys in plaid shirts living in Ouanaminthe.

Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

May God be with you…Jay