For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16. KJV

Less than 150 years ago parents said goodbye to loved ones as they sailed across the ocean to the new land. Months passed with no way of knowing if they had even made it to the new land. Today we can text or e-mail with loved ones around the world in mere minutes. We can share news to all our "friends" in seconds via Facebook.

To the dismay of most parents, many teenagers take their phones to bed with them lest they miss out out on an important message. Responding immediately to text messages is obviously important to many people, as most phones are carried within easy reach.

In John 3:16 our Heavenly Father sends us a text message telling us how very much He loves us; so much that He sent his Son to die to pay for our sins. A verse in 1 Thessalonians is perhaps not as well read. In Paul's first letter to the church at Thessalonica, he talks about the importance of responding to God's text messages. He talks about prayer. Depending on the version of chapter 5, verse 17, they are told to pray without ceasing, pray constantly, even pray continuously.

God has sent us a very important text. Have we thanked Him for it?

Lord, we live in a world that seems to dictate its demands on our time. Help us to ignore those demands and make time for meaningful conversation with you. Thank you for the unfathomable gift of salvation. Amen.


Madeline (NE)