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Letters from My Father

Today’s Verse

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1, NIV

Melissa stood at the front of the classroom, carefully teaching a lesson about the power of God’s Word to her fourth grade Sunday School class. Halfway through, a tiny arm began waving.

When she called on Zach, he asked, “Why does reading the Bible matter? What happens when we do it?”

The question caught Melissa off-guard. Sending a prayer up for wisdom, she said, “Well, when I was really little, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is when some of the cells in your body become abnormal. For some people, there is a treatment that can save them. But for others, the disease is terminal.”

“Did your dad die?” Zach asked.

Melissa nodded, “He died a long time ago. But because he knew he was sick, he wrote me lots of letters. He left instructions with my mom, telling her he wanted me to read his words. So, my dad’s letters are precious to me. Just like God’s Word is also precious to me.”

Zach nodded, “So, that’s why we read the Bible!”

“Yes. I learn things about my dad from reading his letters, and you’ll learn things about God if you read His Word regularly,” Melissa said before getting back on track with her lesson for the day.


God, help me to make reading Your Word a priority. I want to learn more about You and follow Your ways. Please show me who You are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


June 17 Devotional

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