Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter Prayer

In one of my husband’s favorite resurrection testimonies, two sad and puzzled followers of Jesus say, “Stay with us…”  (Luke 24:29)

It was almost evening on the first day of the week.   Two of those who had followed Jesus were walking on the road to Emmaus, discussing their questions and disappointment over what had just happened in Jerusalem that passover.  The newly resurrected teacher joined them on the road, but they did not recognize him.  He asked them what they were talking about and then explained from all their scriptures, starting with Moses, that the Messiah would have to suffer before he entered his glory.   Their hearts burned within as he taught.  As they reached their destination, they asked him to stay and share their supper.   He took the bread, gave thanks, and broke it.   In that moment their eyes were opened and they recognized their Jesus, alive again.

Andrew Murray once inspired me with these words regarding the salvation of my children, “Abide in Christ, and let the child feel that to be near you is to be near Christ. Live in the power of the love and the redemption, and the life of Christ; your house will be to the child the ark where Christ is known and found.”*

Glorious Lord, Risen Savior, this Easter Morning, Howard and I ask you again to stay with us, abide with us.  Fill our home with your light and your love.  Teach us, set our hearts on fire, break bread with us.  May all who enter the ark of our home feel they have been with you.   For the Glory of your name and for the sake of your kingdom.  Amen.

* How to Raise Your Children For Christ

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A Morning Cross

Morning light on Maundy Thursday making a cross on my bedroom curtains, reminding me of the Lord’s sacrifice for me, reminding me of his words.  “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)   I remember he washed his disciples’ feet and told them that the way to happiness would be found in copying his example.  I remember that walking the way of the cross will make me a blessing to my husband, children, grandchildren, friends and community.

Oh, Lord, thank you for giving up your life so that I might live.  Empower me to take up my cross and follow you.   Forgive my selfishness; let me die to my own agendas,  yield to your will and serve others as you do.  Enable me to keep my eyes on you today.   By your power, let me live to forgive, to serve, to love as you do.  I love you, Beautiful Lord Jesus.

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The Reconnection

Is the reconnection in relationships accomplished through reconciliation?  One of Webster’s definitions of reconciliation is to settle or resolve a dispute.  God is resolving his dispute with mankind.  In his son’s sacrifice on the cross, humans can be reconciled to God and to one another.   A vertical beam bridging us upward to the Heavenly Father, and a cross beam bridging us horizontally to one another.

Hear the word of God on this matter:  * “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  *God, … has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  * God is love.  In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

*Reading for February 28th from Daily Light, copyright 1998, by Anne Graham Lotz.  John 3:16, 2 Cor 5:18-21, and I John 4:8-11

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