As the old song says, we have a great friend in Jesus. Following in his way, we know deep joy, new challenges, and intimate companionship.

And there is more. In these next moments of quiet contemplation, open your heart and your imagination to learn about all you receive as God's beloved child.

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In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:11-12

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I love historical stories of romance, spies, battles, and risk-taking. Much of history deals with plots revolving around who would inherit the throne. Wars were fought. Potential heirs were killed or imprisoned for no other reason than the line of succession they were born into. Who would inherit determined the fate of nations and their peoples.

Imagine being a child whose birth made you a target of every advancing army or the potential victim of every political plot.

What if I told you I am God’s heir and you are too? Would that make any difference in your life? I want it to make a difference in mine, for I am an heir through our elder brother, Christ Jesus. Don’t take my word for it. Scripture spells it out plainly; we can know whose child we are. We need fear nothing as heirs of the Holy One. Our place is secure. Though we fight against the powers of darkness, we will win the victory. God can accomplish anything. Alleluia!

Deborah Hurd

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Giver of Life, you have blessed me beyond anything I could ask for. I will praise your name forevermore as an heir of the promise that I have through your beloved Son Jesus Christ. Comfort me when I fear the unknown and guide my steps. Amen.

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May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Colossians 1:11-12

Deborah Hurd Guy

Deborah Hurd is a freelance writer and instructor. She lives in Georgia with her husband John, her dogs Smiley and Sheba, and her cats Zoia and Midnight. Her hobbies include writing poetry, reading, and rescuing animals. She currently serves on the vestry in her parish and is involved in outreach.

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