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“As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.  I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:4-5).

We each have a lineage.  Some have been blessed with parents and grandparents who believe.  Although in this case, it may well be that Timothy had a father and grandfather who did not.  Whatever the case may be, our forebears are also used by the Lord so that we may be conformed to the image of Christ.  He will use all things to accomplish faith in us.  Give thanks and praise that the Lord is able to do this.

Lord, in the great mystery of this age, You are able to take all things and work them together for good for those who love You.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of life so that I would hold fast to the gift of faith which You have given me.  Lead me to understand that in You is all hope and an eternal future.  Guide me always to give thanks for those who have helped to shape this faith which You have given me.

Lord Jesus, in You is all hope.  You have taken away the sin of the world and You have taught us to pray without ceasing.  You are the true God of all who believe.  Guide my prayers, thoughts, and deeds this day in order that I would now and always hold fast to Your goodness and mercy.  In You is all hope and the glorious future for all who believe.  Lead me, Lord, to be in You now and always.  Amen.