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Weekly Devotion

January 31 2020


“Written In Stone”
By Jim Cain

“  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not
seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen
are eternal.” II Corinthians 4:18

Recently, my youngest son and I were watching one of those historical documentaries programs that populate the upper channels of satellite television late in the evening. This particular night the central theme was
faith in the face of wartime. The segment that caught my attention
centered on writings found on the wall of a world War II concentration camp. On
the bleak surface of a cell wall a prisoner had carved the words:
“I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine I believe in love, even
when it isn’t shown. I believe in God, even when He doesn’t speak” as the narrator
read those long forgotten words I closed my eyes and try to imagine the person
whose passion led him record those words for all posterity . I can imagine his
skeletal hand gripping a sliver of glass or stone that he used to cut those words into
the wall. I try to imagine his eyes, slits of hope shimmering through the never-
ending darkness as he carved out each individual letter. What kind of man had such
conviction and resolve? What eyes could have seen God in the midst of such soul
scarring horror?
There is only one answer. Eyes that understood the words of Paul, “while
we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for
the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are
eternal” II Corinthians 4:18.
Do you see the unseen? Where do you focus your vision? As we move
further into the year 2020 let us all be encouraged to perfect our vision so that the
eyes we through become
more like the eyes of Christ!

Father,
Thank you for a faith that comes as a gift from You, O God. We have felt your
presence in our lives, and we draw strength from it. Though the world around us

may scoff at our devotion we cling steadfast to the knowledge that our God is
steadfast and true to his creation. Let your love fill us to the point that we are
glowing. Help us to take your love into a world that is dark and gray. Let others
look to us for your light. Help us to have the strength to be reflections of your light.
When people look to us let them see the light of you love. Allow us to light the
path so they to can find your love. Amen.