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posted Oct 1, 2016, 3:05 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Oct 1, 2016, 3:14 PM ]
A Upper Room Devotional thought.....Diana C. Derringer (Kentucky, USA)
Someone in my seventh-grade Sunday school class remarked that Jesus experienced all the same temptations and trials that we face today.  Then one girl’s head shot up; and with a questioning look in her eyes, she said, “You mean Jesus went through puberty?”

Although the Bible clearly tells us that Jesus was tempted as we are, we still tend to overlook his humanity. 
Somehow we think he was above all the nitty gritty of daily life.

Jesus came as a helpless baby, needing someone to supply his every need.  He grew up in the home of a carpenter, so he probably endured his fair share of childhood cuts, bumps, and bruises along with daily dust and dirt. And he also braved puberty with all its ups and downs. Although Jesus experienced life in a different time and culture, the risen Christ understands and identifies with our daily dilemmas.

Whenever we feel alone and wonder who will understand or how we can continue, we can remember that Jesus has already been there.  He hears our cries and stands ready to walk with us through whatever difficulties we face.  He holds us up in our lowest moments.  He offers hope when life seems hopeless and celebrates with us when our hardships cease.

Thought for the Day:    Jesus knows. Jesus cares.