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Hello and welcome to another Five Minute Friday. Each week we are given one word as our prompt, and we write for Five Minutes on that word. Our word this week is INCLUDE.


How well I can recall the words to one of my dad’s favorite songs. “Oh, when the saints go marching in … I want to be in that number, Oh when the saints go marching in.”

As a child, I always thought it would be automatic. If I just sang the song and I said the words, that I’d be INCLUDED.





But then as an adult, I found out there was something I had to do. To be one of the saints of the Lord, I had to go a step further. I had to personally ask Him to come in and take residence within me.


And, even before He came in, I had to make room for Him to reside. I had to clean up the muck and the guck that was caused by my own sin so there was room for Him to reside.


First, I confessed I was a sinner and that I needed a Savior to save me. Once I made a sincere confession, I repented of my sins and all the ways I chose to go my own way.





Then, I had to ask Him in. To ask Jesus, to become My Lord and My Savior. I asked Him to lead and to guide me in all truth. My heartfelt prayer was for Him to personally guide me so that I would follow His ways and not my own.


What about you? Will you be INCLUDED in that number? Are you unaware as I once was that you need a savior? If so, why not take the time to reach out today? Let Jesus know that you need Him, and then you too can be assured once and for all that when the saints do come marching in, you also will be INCLUDED in that number! …  STOP

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When The Saints Go Marching In

2 thoughts on “Will You Be Included?

  1. Jeannie Prinsen says:

    Hi Del, I’m next-door to you in the linkup today (#55). I appreciated reading your piece; one thing I get from it is that Jesus really wants us to participate in our life with Him. It’s not just something He does to us – we make a choice and receive Him. It’s a relationship. Thanks for this – and have a great weekend.



  2. janicemilesic says:

    Del, you always have such great perspective. I sang along, “oh when the saints….” as I read the words. Praying for continual blessings over you as you write.


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