“A Heart of Love”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, January 3, 2022 comes to us from Bernadette Butler of Ohio.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV

“A Heart of Love”

One morning the Holy Spirit taught me a lesson about the love of Christ through my son Melvin. Melvin has autism. He is 44 years old now, and what a journey we have had Two weeks ago Melvin said to me, “I would like to talk with my dad before he dies.” Stunned by his request, I didn’t know how to reply. His dad had never accepted him, and in his disappointment had withdrawn himself from Melvin, Though Melvin has not seen his dad for many years, he loves him. His heart remembers his dad and wants to see him. Others may turn their backs on us, but Christ remembers us. When we are lost, Christ finds us. When we are in trouble, Christ rescues us. This steadfast love is what the apostle Paul, in the verse quoted above, prayed for us to know – a love that can fill us with all the fullness of God!


Friends –

Melvin’s desire to see his father is a reminder to all of us that no matter how much the people in our lives disappoint us, God is with us. Even more than that, God’s love hugs us, rocks us in loving care, no matter what is going on or how other people have disappointed us.

--Pastor Bea


Dear loving Father, teach our hearts to know the unconditional love of Christ Jesus and to let that love overflow toward others. Amen.

--Bernadette Butler

Prayer Focus:

People with Autism

Thought for the Day:

Christ’s love for me knows no bounds