Bible Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
Author: Diana L. Walters (Tennessee, US)
Tuesday 16 July 2019 © The Upper Room.

I wasn’t brought up to go to church. My family didn’t discuss God, but my mother sang hymns as she went about her chores. As I listened to her sing, ‘He walks with me, and he talks with me’ and ‘Precious Lord, take my hand’, I began to know a heavenly Father who loved me. I began to talk to God daily and to pray when I was afraid or needed help. When I was in my twenties, I knelt in front of the TV during a Billy Graham crusade and gave my life to Christ.

In a household in which five children grew up without the benefit of Sunday school or conversations about God, our heavenly Father was made known to us. How much the Lord wants a relationship with us! God pursues us in many ways—in church, yes, and sometimes through television and music. The Lord is patient with us. He gives us every opportunity to respond to the call of faith.

Prayer: Faithful God, thank you for knowing us, loving us, and pursuing us long before we recognise our need for you. Amen

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I am deaf with C.I. - basic BSL, want to learn more. Go to Bridgwater and Weston Super Mare signing church. Have met Gill several times. I think this is a wonderful!! My kind friend Astrid sent me this from Bristol - she has cycled round the world in 2 years - a magical feat! I found life difficult when becoming deaf and decided to make it more `visible` by making BSL jewellery. I have sold some and donate to BSL bible translation, so it is lovely to have this and I will tell my friends about it. JN