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1 John 2:1 – My little children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God's law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father — [it is] Jesus Christ [the all] righteous [upright, just, Who conforms to the Father's will in every purpose, thought, and action]. (AMP)
Perhaps you have been guilty, as I have been, of discreetly packing away photographs of married couples when one of the spouses has changed their partner. When my husband Ron and I divorced, I often wondered if my name was mentioned in his presence. It was when we were having dialogue — those many hours of conversation on the telephone, before we began to date for the second time, leading to our second marriage — that I realized how much my dear father-in-law loved me and how he had silently kept my name ever before my then ex-husband.
We had had a double wedding band ceremony in our first wedding, and Wilbert Poole, Ron's dad, a man who desired little of this world's treasures, asked Ron, after our divorce, if he could have and wear his wedding band. Wilbert was the eldest of his four siblings and had been forced to leave school at a very early age to support his widowed mother and peers. Thus he did not have a great fluency of speech, and added to this, he had become a stroke victim, which left him with a severe speech impediment. That ring was his silent witness.
Once, during those many hours of conversation, Ron had said simply, "Dad loved you, Vena." Can anyone ever place a value on the healing, motivating power of that word "love"? Wilbert's love was expressed by the wearing of a narrow gold band, constantly reminding his son of a former wife. The ring was buried with him. His work had been accomplished. We were later re-married.
You and I, as Christians, also have One Who really loves us — One Who bears a silent witness in His hands, feet, and side; One Who brings our names constantly before the Father; One Who defends us against the accuser; One Who will always be there for us today and all tomorrows.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, we thank You and praise You for Your Son and our Saviour, Christ Jesus, Who expressed His love for us in the giving of His life, making a way for us to enjoy eternity in heaven. When difficulties invade this day, help us to remember that it is merely a "passing" moment. We pray in the authority of Your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.
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