Saturday, April 15, 2017

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ― John Wesley


  
                      How to spend the day between Good Friday and Easter?  I have a suggestion and it is only that, not a commandment or a requirement.  Just something that I think would be a good thing to do, and, if you agree, then you now have something to do on the day between Good Friday and Easter that will make that day meaningful for you—and others.  There is never a time when each one of us doesn't need a word of encouragement, a word of comfort, a word of acknowledgement, a word of peace, a word of love, a word of caring, a word of compassion.  In short, we each need to hear from other humans that we are loved, cared for, supported, and not abandoned, alienated, or isolated.  We, imperfect as we are, were not built to be alone and certainly not as to be alone as Christians.  We need other Christians around us for comfort and support, but we also need to take Christ and His words of comfort, love, and peace to those who do not know Him.  We need to be in the safety of the group, and we need to be out in front, in harm's way, to bring the light of Christ into the darkness of this world.  It is a paradox, but it is a paradox with which we can live because Christ makes us more than we are or can be on our own.  He raises us up to be more than we ever thought we could be when He puts us on His shoulders—and He does.  With Christ inside your heart and the world outside, your orientation is exactly right.  You must first bring Him in before you can carry Him out, but you can do this because of Him.  His strength overcomes your weakness and shines forth because of it.  Weakness becomes strength, frailties become rocks upon which you can build.  How to achieve this almost Super Hero status?  It's easy—to rise up you first must drop to your knees and acknowledge that Christ is the answer and invite Him into your heart.  He never turns down those invitations which means that you can have all you will ever need with a single prayer.  That is pretty potent stuff.  I have seen it happen.  It has happened to me.  It can happen to you--if you will allow it, but you must request it.  Christ never forces Himself upon you--He has to be invited in to become part of your heart.  What to do on the day between Good Friday and Easter, if Christ is not part of your heart—invite Him in.  If He is abiding within you, take Him to someone who knows Him not and shine His light, through you, into another’s darkness.  You’ll be doing what Wesley is asking all of us to do in the quote above.  Do that, and you and those around you will always remember this day.
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