29 April 2009
28 April 2009
22 April 2009
There are loud cheers and clapping, clapping and bright laughter like a thousand waterfalls and everyone bursts out singing a new song. 'This is our King! The Lamb who died so we don't have to - our Rescuer. All Honor and Glory! Forever and ever.' ... And the King says, 'Look! God and his children are together again. No more running away. Or hiding. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. Because all those things are gone. Yes, they're gone forever. Everything sad has come untrue. And see - I have wiped away every tear from every eye!'But then we finished the story and on the last page, they have a paraphrase of John 1:12-13.
For anyone who says yes to Jesus
For anyone who believes what Jesus said
For anyone who will just reach out to take it
Then God will give them this wonderful gift:
To be born into
A whole new Life
To be who they really are
Who God always made them to be –
Their own true selves –
God’s dear Child
And Joshua asked how we say yes to Jesus. And we talked about it. And because I don't believe in pressuring kids into things they don't understand, I told all 3 kids that if they decide they want to say yes to Jesus some day, Daddy or I would be happy to help them. Then I moved on and we prayed our regular bedtime prayers. When we were done, Joshua said he really wanted to say yes to Jesus now. Of course, the other two immediately wanted to as well. So we talked about it some more. Then we all said yes to Jesus. And after some follow up discussion, I'm pretty sure Joshua really did. The other 2 are quite questionable, but that's OK. I'm pretty sure God can handle my children's souls better than I can. But what a moment that words can't even express! After goodnights, I ran downstairs, called Peter, and told him the news through lots of tears.
18 April 2009
17 April 2009
13 April 2009
Unfortunately, a busy weekend and a not-so-smooth Sunday morning made for a not-so-worshipful Easter service for Peter and I. Last night when all was quiet, we decided to pull out our Book of Common Prayer and read through "The Great Vigil of Easter" together. It was a good time to remember why we were celebrating all weekend. Both of us were struck by the part of the liturgy that read, "How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O God, is your mercy and loving-kindness to us, that to redeem a slave, you gave a son." Thanks be to God for his amazing gift.