When I was a child, my father was a Christian, but my mother was an atheist.
Having one parent who was a believer and one who was an atheist made for some interesting insights on faith. For example, after Sunday school, Mum would tell me that we are born, we live, and we die. I was too young to argue but decided that no one could tell me what to think about Jesus.
These days I am much older, so when I wake up in the morning, I want to wake up smiling and living a Christian life. During my spiritual journey over the last few years, I have learned that Jesus is an excellent name to accept into my heart. When people criticize me or any other woman, I smile, turn the other cheek, and keep on keeping on.
As believers, we aim to set off each day on a journey of good intentions, walking humbly in the awesome path of Jesus, our guide. In my lifetime, I have turned away but always found Jesus again. I have developed an attitude of gratitude now that I am in my golden years.
Thank you, Jesus, that today I woke up smiling. The sun will rise anyway, so I pray for Your loving hand to bless everyone I care about and give them a peaceful day. I pray for a unified humanity, and that they will live in freedom from poverty, armed conflicts, bigotry, and discrimination.
Our Lord wants a world of peace and kindness. Where I live now as a caregiver, no news is good news. But the Good News is found in the words of Jesus in the Bible.
Ask God to give you a heart that loves others.
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