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40 Day Spiritual Journey – February 29
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Wednesday, February 29

Scripture for the Day: Romans 7

While we were in Ecuador, Amy contacted malaria and was hospitalized, so I took our three daughters, ages 7, 4 and 3, to her room to visit. At the hospital, the oldest and youngest girls immediately went to their mother to greet her and visit, but the middle one was plastered against the far wall, thumb in mouth simply watching. I finally led her over to the bed where she gave Amy a little kiss, said “hello,” and then retreated back to the wall. As we were walking back to our car, she was holding my hand, and softly asked, “Daddy, how do you marry someone so sick??” Momentarily caught off guard, I responded that I had chosen to love her mother, and it didn’t matter if she became sick. I still loved her. Later, reflecting on that exchange, I realized this is what God did for us. “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Rom. 5:8, NLT). We were “so sick”, yet God loved us enough to provide the means through Jesus Christ for healing and restoration. To be made eternally well is surely reason to celebrate his death and rising!


Gary Roedding, TFC Alum, 1985

Dear Father,

Thank you for loving us when we were so sick. Thank you for allowing your Son to become sin for us so we can be restored to relationship with you. It is a reason to celebrate!