"come to life" devotionals

Devotions from the Word in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Granada Heights Friends Church.  

The following is an excerpt from the devotional book.  Books are available for purchase in the church office.


by Stephen Endemano

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.  Psalm 139:14  NASB


In today's world a person's value is usually defined by what they do, what they contribute to society. If a person is not in some way adding value to their world then one has to question one's worth. Just think, one of the first questions we ask when we meet someone new is " What do you do?  What is your occupation?” How do we respond or what do we think if they say they are retired, or even worse, unemployed?


How different is God's perspective.  Yes, he knows what you do—but is it important to Him? The psalmist David shares the Lord's perspective as to your birth and physical being in Psalm 139.  We are "fearfully and wonderfully made," made exactly according to His plan. He gave you your  DNA—He created DNA!  Does he care for you now? Matthew 10:24-34 tells us that He knows how many hairs you have and that your worth is far more than many sparrows, yet he knows when just one sparrow dies. The sovereign God of the universe is intimately acquainted with you.  Our Lord says that even the Down's Syndrome baby or the elderly Alzheimer's patient are fearfully made in His image. They are valuable enough to die for even though they are sinners, wonderful enough to plan His own death before the whole of creation (1 Pet. 1:19-21).


Yes, we may not completely understand why God allows sin and imperfection in our world, but we can rest assured that the King of Kings is totally aware of our situation and is in absolute control. You are the pinnacle of the Lord’s creation. After He made man He said that everything was very good (Gen. 1:31). We can take the being we are and serve and glorify our God.  Knowing that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. The challenge is: take what God has given you and use it to it fullest capabilities and for His glory and honor.



  • When was the last time you thanked God for your physical body and mental capabilities?  Why are you hesitant?
  • What effect would it have on you if you fully accepted the Lord’s perspective on whom you were born as?