He is risen; He is risen indeed HALLELUJAH!!
My dear bothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.James 1:19
How many eyes do you have? How many ears do you have? How many mouths were you born with? HMMM? What could this possibly mean? Could our creator possibly want us to listen and observe more so that when we speak it builds up another rather than tears down another? Have you been the reciever of hurtful words or are you the giver of that harmful gift; or both? Now, who do you want to be? In Christ, we are a new creation and because of HIS life, death, and ressurection, we too can be ressurected to live differently? There is always a choice and a free will to how we respond in every situation. And the more time we spend in the presence of OUR Savior the more likely we are to respond as He would. We can learn to listen, believe the best, clarify, forgive and respond. This is just what the characters in the Easter story did. Read it again. They prayed, waited and sought the truth and responded. Prayer is the key that unlocks the door of heaven so that God’s kingdom will come on Earth as it is in heaven.
Father we thank you that you loved us so much, that you sent your only SON to live a life we could not live, to die a death we cannot even imagine and to rise from the dead so that we might live abundantly here and eternally in heaven. Today, Lord, we surrender our life and our will to you. Conform our mind to yours so that our life reflects YOUR love to a world that so desparately needs YOU. Dear Lord, forgive us when we live differently in our homes than in the world. Help us to be honest and trasparent so that even in our weakness we are strong. Give us and those we love grace and mercy to walk with you each day. Help us to put others faults under a macroscope and ours under a microscope so we can be quit to repent and quick to forgive. Lord we pray you show us anything that stands in the way of our relationship with you and others.
Dear Jesus today we lift the families of all who are forced to live so differently because of the pandemic. From the health care workers fearful to go home,to media, to grocery workers, to the moms and dads working from home while also home schooling, to the people living alone desparatly missing contact with others. Lord, bring them peace, comfort and assurance that you are walking with them thru this; And that you WILL restore abundant life even better than it was before this outbreak. As far as it is up to us help us to be patient, kind and loving building up those around us rather than tearing them down. Help us be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Help us model compassion in our homes. And Lord give us grateful hearts daily knowing we are perfectly and completely loved by you and in you we have all we need.
IN JESUS NAME, AMEN