Is there anything more promising, more hopeful than the birth of a child? In the cradle, the world is alive with possibility.

The same God who birthed the world into existence, and all the promise that is held by creation, is still at work bringing new life through the Spirit.

Prepare yourself now for the possibility of your own renewed birth, for the assurance of something new.

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For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Romans 8:14-17

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Not everyone is on good terms with their parents. The world is full of children who do not know their parents, are afraid of their parents, are angry at their parents, or whose hearts are aching for parents who have passed away.

No matter what our relationship are like with our mothers or fathers here on earth, we who are children of God have an intimate relationship with our spiritual Parent. God’s Spirit will never leave us by ourselves, and God will never stop loving us. God is always there when we call.

Rebecca Poe Hays

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God, thank you for being there for me all the time. Help me to remember that I am never alone. Help me to remember that you love me like a dear child. Help me to love others that way. Amen.

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The sun gives rise to the newness of every day.
The moon and stars provide just enough light
To remind us of tomorrow.

The Spirit of God is at work in every moment,
So walk in whatever light you have,
Giving birth to the promise of God in you.

Rebecca Poe Hays

Rebecca Poe Hays recently graduated from seminary and is currently working for Passport, Inc. while preparing to begin further studies in Old Testament. She studied English literature in college and loves seeing how Scripture uses narrative to teach important lessons in creative ways. Rebecca has served on a number of church staffs in both Tennessee and Alabama and has done editorial work for several years.


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