Loving God

Recently I was visiting after Children’s Church with one of our pre-school youth and asking her about her plans for the rest of the day. She said “oh we don’t have much else planned for the day, just coming to church…I love to come to church because I LOVE God!” All of that followed by her cute smile! Wow, what I bright spot that put in my heart, just to hear the thrill of her voice by doing something she loved to do and being part of her experience. She is such an adorable little girl, twirling her beautiful skirt every which way and glowing with a carefree spirit. And just so friendly and ready to talk! Her picture could have easily graced one of the tiles recently painted by many of our church participants.

That very moment is one of the things I treasure about our church. By taking just a couple of seconds to ask about the rest of her day, I received a story that made me smile several times over. The joy of a child glimmers brightly into the darkest of corners. We are blessed to be among a group of caring, loving people of all ages at God’s Grace. There are also many times that I have shared my ups (or downs) with someone else who took a few seconds to ask about my day. Connection is good. It is the Holy Spirit at work – sharing joy, compassion, and caring - God’s presence among believers.

John Bowker writes in The Complete Bible Handbook, “Living life in the Spirit means no longer being enslaved to selfish values and desires but being free to live a live that reflects the holy character of God and produces spiritual fruits: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal.5:22).”

This week is Holy Week, reflecting on a kind of Biblical tornado of sorts. There were all kinds of terrible afflictions put upon Jesus that week. There were fierce enemies who spoke out against him, his own disciple that betrayed him, rulers who condemned him to death, even though he was innocent of all crimes, and Roman soldiers who inflicted unbelievable torture upon Christ prior to his death. Jesus was then forced to carry his own cross (wearing a crown of thorns) upon which he would be crucified. And yet, like a tornado, when the storm had lifted, although Jesus had died, and the Christian world seemed turned upside down and inside out, he was then resurrected from death. We, in turn, received the gift of eternal life. Through communion, we remember the Last Supper, and celebrate a renewal of baptismal vows through the “new covenant.” Let us love God!

Dear God: Let us reflect on the gifts of Holy Week you have so graciously bestowed on us. Let us not forget the tremendous sacrifices made for us. Help us to project love and compassion to others so they might understand and know of Jesus’ love. Thank you for your unconditional love of us and your most precious gift of Eternal Life.

Wendy Saathoff

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1. ali wrote:
Please urgently pray for the 4 couples God has given me a specific burden for in the ministry He has given us. Wholly reconciled to You Christ Lord, each other & connections ONLY w/ those who YOU know is best. I need some help too Lord... I KNOW THE VICTORY You have told me, I am just weary but, by the authority you have given me in Your Word I claim victory and will NOT 'weary in well doing' ONLY WITH YOUR HELP.. by the Power of the Name and Shed Blood of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Intercede to theFather Please Jesus
thank you Lord Christ and thank you who pray in agreement with
God's Will only for someone u don't even know.

Thu, April 11, 2013 @ 2:04 AM

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