I came that they I may have life; and have it abundantly.
A Word of Hope
Christmas and Easter are the most celebrated Christian holidays. I do so love both occasions. I cling to Christmas yet get excited about Easter coming. I realize how important it is for us to know what came between the birth of Christ and his resurrection.
It is the life of Jesus that provides us an understanding of how we may better live our own. The Bible provides many stories of Jesus healing the sick, comforting those who mourned, lifting people up from their shame, and teaching them (and us) how to live our lives better. I find this both exciting and challenging.
The challenging part is this: How can I ever live up to being the loving person I know I should be? The answer is, I often fail despite my best intentions. That is when I must remind myself of God’s mercy and grace. I do what I can to make right the wrong I have done and rely on God’s forgiveness. There is no more room for guilt, and my self worth is guaranteed, knowing I am a beloved child of God.
The exciting part is: I notice how well life works when I love God with all my heart, soul and mind, and I love my neighbor as myself. The more love I give, the more I have. The more I serve others, the less needy I feel. When I contribute towards making the world a better place, I understand my own worth in being here. The more I appreciate the beauty around me, the more joy I experience. This is a wonderful way to live!
Beloved God, I am awed by your generosity towards your children. I humbly offer you all the love I have to give, knowing full well that you receive it and count it as enough. I ask that you guide me while I live my life serving others as you have directed me to do. May I and all who join me today, be filled with loving-kindness. May we know the joy of being close to you. Amen
Carole Anne Sarah