Daily Devotional


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May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely.

— 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NRSV)

My husband and I decided to buy a charming home built in 1911. Leaded-glass windows, built-in cabinets, a secret staircase, and the sunroom exceeded our expectations. One day a friend mentioned to my husband that the low ceilings in the living and dining rooms were unusual for this era. They drilled a tiny hole through the drywall but could not see inside, so they made a space big enough for their heads to fit through.

As my husband and his friend peered through the hole, they were amazed at what they found and eagerly tore down the rest of the drywall ceiling. Hidden for years beneath old, dusty plaster were magnificent, ornate crossbeams and crown moldings that encircled the entire room. The space was quickly transformed into something grand. We wondered why someone had covered up such beauty.

I realized that we can allow something similar to happen in our lives. We may let sin cover up the people God has designed us to be. But when we work with God to carefully remove the junk from our lives, we can once again see God’s beauty and handiwork. Then we cannot help but praise our Creator and Builder.

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