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Thanksgiving


It is coming and it is coming quickly! That wonderful time of year that we spend eating too much, having party after party, and trying to juggle extra time with family and friends. Yep, we have entered the “Holiday Season.” And while it does bring some extra busyness, it is also one of the most incredible times in our year.

As I was preparing for some of the Thanksgiving lessons and scripture readings, I read through Psalm 107. Have you read that Psalm lately? It’s amazing. There are many passages that I read and remember past times that they stood out to me, but I cannot remember this particular passage. It was exciting to find a “new” passage! So I wanted to share a bit of what stood out to me and see what stands out to you.

It starts off with:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

A phrase I’ve heard before, but as I read the rest of the Psalm, it began to give a different perspective for me in regards to giving thanks. The Psalm takes this turn and begins to talk about various people and their circumstances. The one that really stood out to me is in verses 10 & 11:

Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,
imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
They rebelled against the words of God,
scorning the counsel of the Most High.

There are times when I have felt like I sat in “darkness and deepest gloom.” I can think of times when I did not listen to the counsel of the Most High. But here is what is amazing about each of these circumstances, and the others mentioned–

Each time the people finally cried out to God, God answered.

I get the impression that many of the circumstances in which the people find themselves, they created themselves. And yet, God answers. But not all of them are in circumstances they created. For some, it is just life in all its overwhelming force and they need help. They hit rock bottom and cry out. And God redeems. God leads. God calms. God transforms. God rescues. That is why we can give thanks…

The last verse says this:

Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.

So what is in your history? When have you been redeemed, led, calmed, transformed, rescued? During this next week, while everyone is thinking of what they are thankful for, I would encourage you to think about what God has done over this past year and give thanks. Or maybe you are in the middle of the place where you need God to answer your call. Either way, I hope God minsters to you through this Psalm!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Resurrection Sunday


Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. Then they went home.

Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

“Mary!” Jesus said.

She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

(John 20)


Happy Mother’s Day


The dancing babies are kind of creepy, but Anita Renfroe is pretty funny!


EASTER!


We made it! It’s Easter!

Mark 16

The Resurrection

 1When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back— it was very large. 5And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed ina white robe, andthey were alarmed. 6And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

So what have you learned during this season of Lent? What was significant to you during Holy Week? Did your practice during Lent help enhance your celebration of Easter? I hope so! What will do from here? What practice or habit are you going to continue beyond Easter that will help your relationship with Jesus? It’s great to focus on his death and resurrection, but it was all for a greater purpose- to transform our lives. So how has this Lent and Easter season helped to transform your life?