Spiritual Practice


Perrie Tatum & Elizabeth Mann

As I read Romans 5:7–8, I wonder, Could I die for someone? Maybe I could die for my family. They have cared for me and loved me. Could I die for someone who doesn’t love me? for someone who doesn’t even know me? Could I die a gruesome and painful death for people who are not yet born, hoping that someone, someday would tell them about my sacrifice and they would choose to love me in return? That’s what Jesus did for us. He loved us so much that he died on a cross for a chance to be in a relationship with us. That’s a true love story!

—Perrie Tatum


Rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
Romans 5:7–8 (NRSV)

REFLECT: At Christmastime, we remember God’s abundant love. We remember that the king of kings took the place of a lowly servant and was born in a stable. He did not seek riches or fame, but chose to dwell among us and to give his life for us. The gift of Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression of God’s love. This Christmas let us remember that God calls each of us beloved.

—Elizabeth Mann, 20



—from devozine (November/December 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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