Families/Individuals with No Young Children

Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Kelly Fairbanks:

1 John 2: 1-6

I was helping care for this hospice patient who had some bad pressure ulcers from not being able to get out of bed. She was totally dependent on her daughter who fed her meals, changed her depends, turned her every 2 hours and dressed her wounds. It is rare that we see many wounds totally heal in Hospice due to chronic issues in the end of life but this patient actually healed all her wounds. I contribute this to the care that she received from her daughter who was attentive, loyal and doing everything in the best interest of her dying mother.

When I hear the word advocate, I think of a person like this. Someone performing all actions on our behalf and always looking out for our needs. We know that sinful actions or thoughts are not what the Lord wants for us. “The wages of sin is death”- Romans 6:23; but Christ who died on the cross gave us the gift of life. We can rely on Him with our broken self to go to the Father and show grace and mercy if we fall. I am grateful that Jesus is our Advocate to the Father. He sits by His side and is continually asking the Father for mercy for us. Jesus knows what it was like to be human. He knows the physical struggles and temptations we face.

Questions:

When I think of an “Advocate”, what is my best description?

Is there any sin in my life that I need to bring to Jesus?

Jesus,

Thank you for coming to Earth to die on the cross for the sin that I was born with and created for myself. Thank you for doing this so You can be my Advocate to the Father on my behalf. I will try to not let You down and have You only speak well of me to the Father. In Jesus name, AMEN.

Kelly Fairbanks