A True Friend ... Never Lets Go

As I was driving home from a night out with friends on Wednesday I started flipping thru the radio stations. One of my pre programmed stations is KLove, 91.1 FM. The song playing was Matt Redman’s “You Never Let Go”. Of course it was right about to start the chorus so I cranked up the volume and started singing along … Click here to hear it!

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, you never let go of me

Funny how God sends you s sign when you least expect it. At least I didn’t think I was in need of a sign … although I still had a devotion to write so maybe I did??

As I listened to the rest of the verses and again belted out the chorus I started thinking about how God is that one true friend, who never lets go. Much like many of you, I’ve been Blessed with a handful of true friends and we all have one in common … God. God is there even after we weed out the not so true friends in our lives. He is there even when we are kicking and screaming and sometimes even ignoring Him. It doesn’t matter what we do or what we say, God and his love is unconditional.

God’s love is unconditional and available to us because of his Son and the sacrifice he made for all of us. I’m not a parent but what a sacrifice to have your Son put to death so that others may have Eternal Life … “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

We are about to enter the final days of Holy Week. Holy Week and Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. I don’t know if it’s because of the reflection time or because of the traditions it holds … maybe a little of both.

This year I may not be able to participate in the Holy Week services but I will still be thinking about the sacrifice that was made. I look forward to Easter Sunday when one of the greatest gifts given to us is celebrated … the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Easter is like another Christmas … it’s a time to celebrate the birth or “rebirth” of our Savior. It is a time to remember that all things are made new and we celebrate with our family and friends all that has been given to us.

God, through Charlene Dickensen, has given us the Jelly Bean Poem or Jelly Bean Prayer. You may have seen a version or two floating around the internet. It is yet another reminder (or sign) through an Easter tradition of Jelly Beans that God has given us to help us reflect on what He’s done for us and created …

Jelly Bean Poem/Prayer

Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He Made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for His hour of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
An egg full of jelly beans, Colorful and Sweet.
Is a prayer, a promise, A Loved one’s treat!!

Charlene Dickensen, 1997

May you all be reminded of the things you are Blessed with this Easter and have a beautiful day!!!!

April Schauer

Dear Lord, Thank you for the colors of the rainbows and jelly beans, a reminder of your love for us. We thank you for your Son Jesus for which thru Him, all things are possible. In your name we pray, Amen.

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