Tomorrow I will resume Daily Verses, thank you all for your patience and understanding this past week... Christ is risen!! Truly He is risen!!!
Luke 24:5-6 "In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:"
There is a quote, I forget who said, that says, "If God feels far away guess who moved?" I imagine these women who came on the 3rd day to anoint Jesus body as was their custom...I imagine they must have felt like God was very far away from them if He could allow their precious Jesus to die. However, Jesus had told them what to expect and so if they were counting then they would not have had to come to the tomb to hear, He is not here." I think sometimes in life it would help if an angel came to us and said, "Hey! He is not here," as we approach a path that leads us away from God. It is an amazing faith journey to go off the path and come back onto it through seeking God though. Other times I think that God may lead us to where 'He is not here' because God knows there is a need for Him to be there and He wants to use us to bring Him there...that's a scary and amazing thing to approach. Can you imagine how you would feel if you led even one non-believer to Christ's promised paradise? Can you imagine going where 'He is not here' and not saving someone? That probably unsettles me more than trying to share Jesus' saving grace with someone who does not know. I would be eternally disappointed in myself if I felt God telling me, 'He is not here' but I did nothing to try and bring Him 'here.' As we have now all celebrated Easter and His holy resurrection, let's not lose that 'wow' feeling of knowing at the tomb, "He is not here" because He has gone to prepare a place for us and in the mean time He'd love it if we lived for Him and brought Him with us where we go! Let's pray:
Heavenly Lord, Thank You for Your saving grace, through Your death and resurrection. Thank You for forgiveness through Your cross and for the promise of eternal life with You! Please help us to hang on to the spiritual amazement we experience at Easter throughout the rest of this year. Lord we thank You for all Your blessings, especially the people whom You've blessed us with, our clergy, soldiers, police & fire fighters. Please bless them all through Your divine grace, mercy and protection. Father, we know that Your healing is the ultimate and true healing for body, mind, soul and heart. Please grant Your supernatural healing to Summer, Sharon, Melissa, Morgan, Phyllis, Carolyn, Randy, Emily, Brenda, Sheila, Mr & Mrs Jones, Darlene, Brandy's Mom, Nancy, Fran, Rob, Cathy, Alex, Melissa, Benjamin, Amber & Michael, Ward, Karen, Kim, Abby, Lynn, Mark, Heidi, Mike, Deanna, unborn baby Lauren and to all of those whom we personally name to you now. We recognize that Your will is perfect and we ask that all this may be done not according to our wants but according to Your will and in Jesus precious name. Amen.
Have a blessed week! Christ is risen!
Love through Christ,