Wishing you and yours a joyful Easter! As you go about your day, please remember those in the world, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa who can’t worship in peace. If you feel it in your heart to do so, please take a moment to pray for them. God bless you today and always.
I always wished I could sing but alas, that’s not a talent I was gifted with. I do have a song in my heart for today, election day 2016 and it goes like this…
I believe in the power of prayer.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ with festivities and merriment, with friends and family these next few days, please remember our brothers and sisters who are suffering so terribly in the Middle East. It’s not too strong to say that Christians are being exterminated in the land they’ve lived in for more than two thousand years.
Most of us can’t do as much as we’d like to help but we can all do something.
If it touches your heart, please stop and say a prayer for those who can’t worship freely; for those in danger, the persecuted, the innocent who suffer so terribly.
God’s blessings to you and yours…
“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”
General George Patton
One of the most comforting things my faith reminds me of is that life here with all it’s attendant pain and difficulty is just temporary…a quick, bright flash in time and then we go on. We get days (who knows how many) to improve, to hone that which is good and right in us, to make use of our gifts, to love each other the best way we can. That’s why although leavings still have that shocking quality, like being dipped in cold water for a second, I don’t dwell on the condition of those who’ve passed. I know they’re perfectly fine. I do say prayers for them but much longer ones for those they leave behind…children, spouses, parents, friends.
(Revelation 21:1-4) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Take joy in this day…it’s a gift…