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Scripture Reading: John 8:12-30

     Barrie is credited with saving close to twenty lives.  His feats of heroism were accomplished high in rugged mountains.  It’s truly mind-boggling to think of the premature heartaches that numerous family members were spared because of him.  Indeed, Barrie’s rescues made a big difference — not only to those who were saved, but also in the lives of each survivor’s loved ones. 
     But the fact is, Barrie didn’t just venture into the dangerous Swiss Alps by chance.  No, he went because he was sent and he was sent for the purpose of saving those who were lost.  You see, Barrie was a dog — a Saint Bernard trained to come to the aid of travelers in distress.  If you had been one of those travelers, would you have accepted Barrie’s help?
     According to the Bible, when Jesus Christ came into this world He didn’t come by chance either.  The Word of God tells us that God the Father, “. . . sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9).  Yes, Christ came because He was sent and He came for a specific purpose.  Jesus said concerning Himself, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).  Have you accepted His help?  If not, there is no better time than now.  You will be glad you did!

This is excerpted from Devotions for Dog Lovers!

© 1998 Tom Rakow.  All rights reserved.

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