Lenten Devotional, Feb. 19 – by Nicholas Stark

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Scripture First Youth on “I AM the Way, Truth and Life”

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;” John 11:25 This verse reminds me that even though someone really close to me has past away, they still live on in heaven. Not too long ago my great grandpa past away, he was old so we kind of saw it coming but it was still very sad. Although I didn’t get to see him often, because I was busy and he lived six hours away, I still felt very close to him. He was really into golf and he’s the one that got me into it by hand making me my own driver when I was little. He was a great man and a great role model. My mom always talked about how he was hard on her to be a good kid and it has turned her into what she has become today. I want to grow up to be like my great grandpa and live a healthy long life with a great family. But now that he’s past away I still know he’s watching from heaven and cheering for me whenever I golf. John 12:23-25 says it perfectly: “Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.’” I interpret that as if you live a good life, are happy, and believe in God, you will die because it’s natural, but you will live happy in heaven. But if you live self centered and don’t believe in God once you die you will live the same unhappy life for eternity. So make the most of your life and live happy and follow God’s word.

Dear God, thank you for another great day here on your wonderful earth. I ask for your forgiveness so that I may live a wonderful and prosperous life here on this earth and in heaven. In your name I pray. Amen.