Reflections March 31st, 2013
“Christ is Risen!”
"But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:5-6
Scripture Reading For This Week: Matthew 27; 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 2; 21; Colossians 2:12...
Dearest friends, what a glorious day! Happy Resurrection! I am filled with joy each and every day, but especially today as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, and remember all that He went through that we might live! Yes! Christ is risen! And because He is, every dead thing in your life that God did not kill, shall be resurrected if you believe.
Have you told someone? Have you told someone about the Savior? Have you witnessed? Many have said that this is the most opportune time to witness to those who do not know the Father. That, this season, their hearts will be more prepared and receptive to the good news. Have you told someone that Christ is risen, and that He died that they might live? There's no way I can keep this news to myself!
I declare and decree that this week'sReflections will be a continued source of encouragement for your heart, mind, and soul. Because of the blessings of God, your cup is full and running over. As the peace of God envelops you, and His love expands your heart, may you reach forth to another and share all about the love of God, and His gift to save our lives!
Growing up in a large family, we would often come together on the Holidays. For Easter, we would all go to church and then to my Grams house afterward where a feast was prepared for us.
Funny how every Easter Sunday the church would be filled with people who hadn’t been in church all year, with the exception of weddings and funerals! Yet, the Pastor was extremely happy and made sure he gave a sermon that was at least six sermons in one!
Resurrection Sunday has always been a very special time in my family. As I got older and understood the meaning of this holy day, it made it even more special that I could spend it with those I loved, celebrating what Christ did for us.
My Grams went all out every time. When my cousins and I were children, she’d make sure there was a basket for everyone filled to the rim. She’d gather her family and we’d all go to church together. All of us decked out in our finest clothes. Brand new suits and frilly dresses, with the patent-leather shoes. My Grams with her Easter hat. After services we’d go back to Gram’s house for dinner. As she was finishing preparing her meal for her family, all the children were hunting Easter eggs, and sneaking candy from out of our baskets. The smells of the delectable dishes wafting through the air, tickling our noses, causing our stomachs to rumble.
I found myself at my Grams table watching her. She had the hugest smile on her face, and a song on her lips. What I remember the most is how happy she was. How much joy that she held in her heart. Tired was not in her vocabulary when it came to her family. She was just pleased that all her children were under one roof, healthy and loving on one another.
And that is how I picture our heavenly Father. Beaming with joy over His Son, and each time one of us accepts Christ into our hearts, believing that God raise Jesus from the dead so that we may live; He prepares another seat at the table for us to come and sit and feast with Him. Oh My! Can you picture it? And then, when we go and share the good news with others, how that banquet table grows! Making room for each new believer that has entered the fold! Hallelujah! That is something to shout about!
Maybe that is what we are missing today. The joy and simplicity of coming together; of sharing the love of God. Not just through words, but through our actions. We didn’t have much all the time. We weren’t the richest people. But we were wealthy; in love and spirit. We definitely had our share of hard times. However, when we came together, celebrating the life that we had and the gift of one another, it made us stronger. It made us richer. Wealthy in love and in each other. And when we shared with our friends and neighbors—even strangers—it made Easter that more real and joyous.
Many are facing very difficult times. The last thing on their mind is celebrating. But isn’t that what this holiday is about? Miracles? Optimism? Hope? When we gathered around my Gram’s table for prayer, it solidified why we were really there: To celebrate what Christ had done for us, and what He made possible. Someone needs to know today. They need to hear that Christ is risen! That He did it just for them!
There are times we might not know where the next meal is coming from, or how the bills are going to be paid. Yet; we cannot count ourselves out. Why? Because we are alive and breathing. They thought when they crucified Christ, that was the end of the story. But it was just the beginning. A miraculous thing occurred on that third day: Christ arose.
There are things that we face in this life; things we sometimes have no control over. But we do have control over how we respond and what we say to another. Things might be a bit rough right now, but it won’t always be this way. One of the greatest things I learned from my Grams was to share. Share what you have, be it much or little; and God will always provide. An open fist can receive more than a closed fist. If you know someone that stands in the need of help, reach out your hands to them. Invite them over for dinner. Or send an anonymous food basket to their home. Perhaps you are that person’s miracle. Help resurrect someone’s hope and faith by reminding them that Christ died and rose again just for them!
I decree that the spirit of peace and of prosperity has found permanent rest in your lives: spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and financially. Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen! Don't keep this good news to yourselves! There is someone waiting to hear this good news; to witness what God has done for you! So go! You are Blessed. Now go...and Be a Blessing! Happy Resurrection Day!
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