I implore your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. (Psalms 119:58 NRSV)

Herb Miller in his book, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN VERBS tells about the famous Chapel of Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This chapel contains a twenty-foot-high stairway that winds into the choir loft. This engineering miracle, with no supports except its own form, has withstood several hundred years of use. As a pastor and his wife entered the chapel on their tourist excursion into Santa Fe, the pastor paid little attention to the giant, life-size statue of Christ standing in a shadowy alcove on one wall. At a distance, it looked quite average. Shortly, however, the pastor felt a tug at his sleeve. "Go over there and stand right under that statue and look up into its eyes," his wife whispered. "It will give you the strangest feeling." He obligingly wandered over, expecting nothing of significance. But the steel blue eyes looking down at him seemed so real that he waited breathlessly for the figure to speak and correct his lack of observational skills. This was the main thing in that room--not the elaborate stairway, but Christ.

Jesus Christ also wants to be the main thing in our lives!

Lord Jesus, please fill my heart with you, as you move out the junk. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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