Day 18: Love

love: strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties

: affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests

: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion

: unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another

PRAY: Because of your love, oh Lord, I am alive in Christ. I am saved by your grace! As I pray for America today, God, I ask that you would infiltrate this election season with your love. Give your people in America your heart of love; may we think and speak and act through the filter of your love. May our votes be informed by your love, and may the people we elect be leaders of love for all people and all creation.

Ephesians 2:4-5

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”

Author: Dr. Mary Ellen Schoonover

Well loved! I have been blessed all my life to be surrounded by family and friends that nurtured, supported and loved me into the person that I have become. That love has sustained me throughout whatever circumstance I have found in life. It is the greatest gift that one can give and the essential ingredient to living life with no regrets. I reached this conclusion while lying in a hospital bed on life support for 70 days. Under those circumstances I dealt with the essential ingredients of my life. What was important? Why was I alive? What did my life mean?

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