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Brothers and sisters: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.
We were chosen so that we may praise His glory! What an assignment! Do you give Him praise for all He has done in your life, for all the blessings and graces you have received? During this time of patient waiting, take the time to reflect on what He has done for you. You may be surprised at how blessed you are.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing me to give you praise! I know how blessed my life is and I know that it would not be possible without you. So I give you all the praise, honor and glory for all that I have accomplished in my life. Without you, I would be nothing, Amen.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.