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William C. Brownson

READ : Deuteronomy 30:1-6

I’ll never forget the first time I noticed this promise. I was reading a sermon by John Wesley. These words he quoted from Deuteronomy 30:6 broke over me like a sunrise: “The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live.”

Our sons Billy, Dave, Jim and Jon were very young at that time. Helen and I, like other Christian parents, greatly longed that they would grow up in the faith and love the Lord all their days. Wesley made the point that this was God’s definite promise to us and to our children. He would so work in our hearts and in theirs, so change us within, that we all would love him wholeheartedly and find in him true life. That thought overwhelmed me with joy.

As I considered the best things I could possibly ask for us and our sons, they all seemed to be gathered up in this: “O Lord, so transform us that we will love you supremely!”

Best of all, this was his promise, the sure pledge of his new covenant in Christ.


O God, by your gracious Spirit, so move in our hearts, and those of our dear ones, that we may love you with all our being, all our days! Amen.