Scripture for the Fourth Sunday in Advent 2010

Galatians 4:1-5

1What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. 4But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.

Lord, thank You for giving us the rights of heirs in Your glorious Kingdom. Empower us by the Holy Spirit to live as Your beloved sons and daughters, reflecting Your love to a hurting world. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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