Because He Lives

I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.

Psalm 118:17
God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus.
He came to love, heal and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon—
an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
and feel the pride and the joy He gives;
but greater still the calm assurance:
this child can face uncertain days because He Lives.

And then one day, I’ll cross that river;
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
and then, as death gives way to vict’ry,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!
Because He lives, all fear is gone!
Because I know He holds the future,
and life is worth the living just because He lives.
 Bill & Gloria Gaither

It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
 Galatians 2:20
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
May the life I live be lived not for myself, O God, but the glory of the One who lives in me, even Jesus Christ my Lord.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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