Resurrection of Jesus Means Hope Will Never Die

The Resurrection of Jesus is one of the greatest events in history, but the few days before it were filled with sadness and pain. Empty is the Five Minute Friday word for this week. I thought of the emptiness the disciples must have felt when Jesus died. Click To Tweet His mother, Mary, would have been crushed as she saw him hanging there. But I like to think she knew the prophecies and held onto the hope He would rise again.

 

Resurrection Hope

 

There was darkness all around. People began to lose hope, because they thought Jesus was going to come with power to overthrow their oppressors.

People began to lose hope. Click To Tweet 

But His power was in His willingness to take the sins of the world upon his own shoulders, break sin’s hold upon us and conquer death by His resurrection.

As I pondered these thoughts I wrote the following poem during my five minutes of free write.

 

An Empty Tomb

 

Empty were their hearts

As hope seemed to be dying

Jesus breathed his last

 

Empty and afraid

Hiding in an upper room

His disciples cried

 

Empty was the tomb

On that first day of the week

Where was his body

 

Mary knelt and cried

Someone gently spoke her name

She gasped! It was He

 

Jesus had risen

Hope was very much alive

Praise His holy name

 

 

I’m linking up with: Marvia’s Holy Week Reflections, #FiveMinuteFriday, #FreshMarketFriday, #Glimpses, #LMMLinkup

 

Peace Through the Darkest Seasons of Life

We have just been through a dark season in our lives. The flu hit my family hard this past month and we are finally coming out of it. Where is peace when pain and fever rack our bodies?

 

peace

 

With all the unrest in our country right now and strong, differing opinions, how can we live peacefully? Where do we start?

If we look at our circumstances and try to find it we will be disappointed. Can we find a peaceful existence through what this world can offer? Click To TweetEveryone has their own idea of what constitutes peace. Jesus offers us something different. 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

I can’t really explain it, but my heart is at peace knowing that God is still the Creator and Sustainer of our lives. Some people will not agree with me, and I understand that. All I can do is share from my own experience.

Nature Invokes a Sense of Worship

When the weather is warm I love to be outside to sit and contemplate. For me being out in nature, enjoying creation invokes a desire to worship and praise my God. It also helps to calm my spirit and give a sense of peace. 

Today I have been hard at work with another poem. I created it from the words I found at the online website of Magnetic Poetry. Again I used the nature kit, because I'm always drawn to nature. Click To Tweet

 

Peace Through Dark Times

Air at dawn wild and wet
Daffodil beneath a fresh moist blanket
Rose quietly out of the earth
Warmed by spring sunshine

I will grow through dark seasons
Wander the soft verdant forest path
in a beautiful sacred sanctuary
My soul, a garden of peace
~gayl wright

 

 

My prayer is that you, too, will find the peace that only God can give. This kind of peace gives us hope.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! 

 

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Common Goals Bring People Together

For #FiveMinuteFriday this week the prompt is the word common. The first thing that came to mind when I heard it is a line from “Color Outside the Lines” by Glad. It comes in the bridge of the song and goes like this:

You make even common things become a work of art.

God is always faithful to finish what He starts in our lives. He may not do things the way we think they should be, and color outside the lines of our expectations, but He will make a masterpiece. I love the truth illustrated in the chorus:

Color outside the lines I’ve drawn
Doing something different than I counted on
Color outside the lines I find
The picture’s not at all what I had in mind
But with one step back
Well it’s clear to see in your hands
Life becomes a masterpiece.

In God's sight there are no common people. No one has more value than anyone else. Click To Tweet Color, race, political views, geographical location, food preferences – none of these make one better or less than another. We are all human beings created in His image. Most of us want to live in peace wherever we are.

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This past week has brought out differences of opinion between people. Unkind words have been spoken. Some people are angry, others fearful, some happy, others sick at heart. The election seems to have brought out the worst, like we have forgotten what it means to show love.

Isn’t it interesting that when there is a natural disaster, friends and enemies alike work together? They realize there is a common goal, that of survival. Political beliefs don't seem to matter much when your whole community is facing danger. Click To TweetI wonder if we could learn something from that. What would happen if we stopped looking at each other as enemies and sought common ground?

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Let Love and Hope Lead

These are difficult times, and it is easy to despair if we just look at circumstances.There is always hope even if we can't see it. Click To TweetWe can’t change other people, but we can put our trust in God.

Starting in our own families and neighborhoods we can begin to listen. We can let love lead rather than hate or fear.

Let’s heed the words of Jesus found in Matthew 5:43-48 in the CEB (Common English Bible) translation. 

You have heard that it was said, “You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both the evil and the good and sends rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous.

If you love only those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same?

Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete.

I want to remember to pray for our country and show love to all – friends and enemies. I want to see the world through His eyes and love as He does. That is my desire, though I know I will fall short. But God always gives grace. I pray that we will work together to reach our common goal of peace.May we show each other grace and remember that Love will make a difference. Click To Tweet

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #MomentsofHope, #LMMLinkup, #Glimpses, #DanceWithJesus, #inspirememonday, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #RaRaLinkup, #TellHisStory