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The Upper Room Devotion for Tuesday, April 16, 2024, was written by Elli Morawietz of Florida.



18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 NRSV


Author's Thoughts

My granddaughter surprised me with a special Christmas present, an embroidered picture titled, "'I am with you Always,' Matthew 28:20." She didn't realize the significance that Bible verse had held for me many years before. When I came to the United States, 66 years ago, I spoke limited English. I joined a youth group at my church, led by a young student minister. He soon noticed that I was quite withdrawn. But after a few kind words from him I opened up and told him I was worried about my grades and that I had difficulty keeping up with my classes. He then quoted Matthew 28:20. He told me that Jesus was talking to me personally and that he was always with me in every situation.

I suddenly felt uplifted and my faith soared. From that day on I smiled more and opened up to friends at school. When I prepared for a test or project, I knew I did not have to do it alone - Jesus would be with me. After reflecting on these memories, I called my granddaughter and told her about the impact her emboridered verse had on my life many years ago. More importantly, I was able to share with her the difference Jesus' promise makes in my life to this day.


Thought for the Day

How do my words and actions reflect my trust in God?


Author's Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for your gift of Jesus. Show us opportunities to minister to our friends and family and to tell them of your special gift of love and grace. Amen.


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