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Ashes Away

Nº 256

weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - June 27, 2023

Christ died not in order to make God love us, but because He did love His people. Calvary is the supreme demonstration of Divine love. Whenever you are tempted to doubt the love of God, go back to Calvary. - A.W. Pink

While watching my grandson play soccer at a local park, I noticed a young mother and her 4-year-old son. He discovered a long-abandoned campfire and proceeded to throw fistfuls of ashes into the air, covering himself with soot. The young mother hurried toward him, but he ran away only to trip and sprawl headlong into the dirt. Now – with a skinned knee and covered with ashes – he was crying for his mother.

She hurried to comfort her young son. She attended to his knee, cleaned him up, and sent him back to play. About two minutes later he was back in the fire pit with billows of ashes surrounding him again. As before, mom hurried toward him; again, the boy ran away. Once more he tripped and faceplanted in the dirt, screaming in agony.

The gracious, patient, and loving mother again scooped him up, cuddled him, fixed his hurts, and cleaned away the dirt and ashes. But she told him not to play in the fire pit ever again!

God’s love for us is greater than our inclinations to get dirty, run from Him, and make painful mistakes. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.(Isaiah 66:13a)


Dan Bolin

Author & President

Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc

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