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November 19

James 1, 17-18

Something to read

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of all he created.
New Revised Standard Version

To read the King James Version, click here 

Something to think about

Amid the difficulties of the world, it can be hard to keep our eyes on the good purposes of God in all he does. There are many good things in our world today, too infrequently reported; and they all reflect those good purposes that God continues to work out through those who love him.

Human beings have a pivotal place in this process, as the crowning glory of all the created world – the first to be able to become like God, capable of genuine goodness freely chosen.

Those who choose in this way, who grasp the destiny they were born to, become his ‘first-fruits’. We inherit a calling from the ‘Father of light’ to be his lights in a sometimes dark world, a steady beam rather than a flickering and unreliable light that throws up shadows everywhere.

Something to do

Find a good news story, perhaps on the Christian Aid website. Allow it to switch a light on in your own heart and mind, about how other ‘shifting shadows’ in our world could be dispelled by something you do. Then begin to put your own good news story into action!

Something to pray

Thank you for being an unchanging God in a changing world, a Light in the darkness, a Gift in the midst of poverty. Help me to be the first-fruits of your goodness through what I do today.

Today's contributor is JUST LIVING, a fresh expression of church in Devon devoted to the Christian pursuit of justice for the poor and closely linked to Christian Aid.

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