Today’s Scripture Selection: Deuteronomy 14:2

“…for you are a people holy to the LORD your God.  Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.”

Are you God’s “treasured possession”?  The Scripture says you are.

God chose the people of Abraham; Isaac; Jacob – and by extension – the people “adopted” into that sacred heritage – as His own treasured possession.

Much conflict has been waged; and still rages today over that claim.  And, sadly, even the “people of the Book” have waged war with one another time and again.  In fact, in some parts of the world, it is raging right now.  Human nature and international conflict have a nasty way of sidetracking God’s intention for humanity.

But, nevertheless, the wonderful promise remains.

God values people of all types and all walks of life.

I like the way Scripture puts it when it claims that He is the “Good Shepherd” and we are his beloved flock.

Or, to put it still another way – we are family.

The family of God: has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

So, regardless of whether you are in or come from a happy family situation or not – consider this: God wants you in His family – for all eternity.

What could be better than that?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you, for lovingly claiming me as your own.  AMEN.


By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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