Everywhere we look there are people who have needs. It could be physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, or monetary. Those of us who are blessed to have a home, a job, enough food, money to pay the bills with some left over, family and friends around us or within reach of a phone call, and free time to spend with them are so blessed. The most important blessing for me today is the relationship I have with God through His Son, Jesus. The spiritual grounding it gives me is the most important part of my life.
Today’s world is filled with so many challenges as evil doesn’t even hide any more, but rears its ugly head in defiance of what God has told us is right on so many levels. Every day is a struggle for some, but most days leave us shaking our heads as another shocking story is reported on the news. We are left with no peace unless we know the Source of our peace. (John 14:27)
Those of us who are fortunate enough to know the Lord – the God of the Old Testament who sent His Son in the New Testament – are indeed blessed. In the pages of the Bible, Jesus shows us His love, and serves as an example of how we are to live. We are blessed to know and understand that no matter how difficult the times become, God is in control and is with us. We are not alone.
Don’t keep this blessing to yourself. Share it with as many people as possible. Life is hard; day by day we need Him in our lives so much. Be a blessing to others by sharing Jesus.
Over the years Memorial Day has traditionally been the long weekend that begins summer for many people. Growing up, I don’t remember doing anything memorable other than enjoying the warmer weather and possibly having hamburgers and/or hotdogs on that special Monday.
Once I experienced life as a military spouse and endured Vietnam-era losses, I began to appreciate the true meaning of this day in May, remembering those who gave their lives fighting for my freedom in wars that had been described in my history books. People who many times never got to live past their late teens or early 20s, coming home to their families in a flag-draped box. One boy who sat near me in a high school class was lost in Vietnam and I remember a field trip to Washington, DC, where my eighth graders and I searched for his name on the Vietnam Memorial wall. Once we found it, two students made an etching of it for me to take back to my social studies classroom. War and loss became reality for some of them that day.
My most favorite memory of Memorial Day are the patriotic assemblies that I planned at my middle school for 6th – 8th graders. These occurred in the years after 9-11, and included power point slides, music, dance, poems, drill team presentations, and the meaning of the triangular folds of the U.S. flag. It was an enjoyable, entertaining, and hopefully, memorable experience for the student body.
However you choose to spend this holiday, I hope you remember the cost of your freedom for so many who never got to enjoy it.
I woke up this morning to news from Buffalo, NY, about a mass shooting at a grocery store. Fueled by radical teachings and hate, one person took the lives of ten people and injured others. My heart hurts and my prayers are lifted for all those who are affected by this tragedy.
Once again we have proof that evil exists in this world, actively seeking to divide and harm us. The One I follow teaches me to love and serve others. He will make all things right one day and prepares a place for me to be with Him forever.
Do you know Him? His name is Jesus and He wants a relationship with you. When I don’t understand the bad things that happen to me, my loved ones, or others I don’t even know, I can trust His words – “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John. 16:33
Please join me in prayer for those who are hurting, and trust God in these times that sometimes overwhelm us. He is in control.
Yesterday, May 5, was the National Day of Prayer in our country – an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May that encourages people of all faiths to pray for our nation. This same day was also the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the remembrance of a Mexican victory in 1862, complete with all kinds of good food.
Which event got the most attention? I had to remind myself that my prayers for our country and people were of more importance than filling my stomach with tasty food. There are so many needs in our nation and the world today. Let us remember to look to our Heavenly Father for the answers and read His word daily for the encouragement we need. 2 Chronicles 7:14
I’m up early on this meaningful morning. I have followed the steps of Jesus during this past Holy Week – the triumphal entry into Jerusalem last Sunday, His teachings and healings in the city, the cleansing of the temple of those who had turned “His Father’s house” into a business, preparing for Passover, the teaching of His body and blood becoming the perfect sacrifice as He celebrated the first Holy Communion with His disciples in the upper room, the betrayal, the desertion, and the denial of those closest to Him, the arrest, trial, beating, crown of thorns, being forced to carry His cross to the place of execution, Golgotha, and His forgiveness of those who had treated Him so brutally. He died for us all so we could be forgiven, but Jesus’ story didn’t end in the borrowed tomb where He was laid on that Friday.
Today, Sunday, we celebrate His resurrection. He is alive forevermore and one day will welcome me and all others who have believed in Him for their salvation to the Heavenly home He has prepared for us. Hallelujah! What a Savior!