God Cares For His Faithful People
Spring is coming! Outside my windows, flowers are trying to pop up from the once frozen ground, the birds are congregating around the bird feeder, the red bush in the fields and along the roads is vibrant with its beautiful color, and the trees are starting to birth buds which will soon burst forth in beautiful green leaves.
I may be cooped up inside because I am one of the “older” people, who has been urged not to venture out because of a health condition. But I can step out on my deck and look around at all the new life beginning to shine forth, and I am reminded that God cares for his faithful people.
When things seem to be shutting down around us right now, the beauty of God’s earth will not. It will continue to give us the hope of new growth, and the sun will soon offer us warming rays to replace the cold darkness that has been filling our days. We can smell the freshness of the air and know that God has not left us to go through these difficult times alone. He will remind us every new day that he is with us always. We may have to adjust to a new way of living but God will be there guide us.
PRAY WITH ME:
“Almighty God, you have always loved your people, to the very depths of giving your only Son to die for us that we might live a new life with Him. Help us to remember that even though we must make sacrifices right now, none of them will compare to the one that you made for us. We are thankful, Lord, for the promise of a new life that is to come to each faithful follower, and we rejoice that you are our God!” AMEN.
Rocky Raccoon and Communion?
There is a raccoon hiding in a hollowed-out opening in the big maple tree by my deck. The maple has been there for about seventy-five years and is slowly losing its branches. I know that it is going to have to be taken down before too much longer as it is a danger to the roof of the house. But right now, on this very windy day, it is extending a welcoming shelter to the raccoon.
I tossed a piece of stale bread into the opening to the raccoon. It stared back at me with frightened eyes before bowing its head to eat the bread.
I am reminded of the communion we have with one another. Sharing bread and a cup of juice connects us in one body together with our Lord, Jesus Christ. Like the maple tree, Christ shelters us from the winds that blow us off course sometimes. He brings us back into His Grace when we seek His forgiveness and remember why He sacrificed His body and blood for us.
Such a simple act, eating the bread and drinking from the cup, for such an enormous gift that is given to each of us!
Who would have thought that a little raccoon could have inspired me to remember communion in this fashion? But then, God does have His way of reminding us of His presence, doesn’t He?
PRAY WITH ME:
Holy Father, we are thankful that we can come to You when we are frightened, seeking the shelter of Your love. We are strengthened and renewed by the body and the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Let us remember that by the communion we share with one another and with You, we have been saved! AMEN.
Rocky Moves On, And We Must Move With God
Today I checked the maple tree by the deck to see how my little friend, Rocky Raccoon (that’s what I named him), was doing. Alas, he has moved on to another safe haven. Something in his nature must have encouraged him to make that change.
Each of us at one time or another finds it necessary to make changes in the way we live our lives. Like Rocky, we cannot hide away in “a hole in a tree” indefinitely. God expects us to think more of doing for others than isolating ourselves in a cozy and comfortable place where we feel safe.
We have His work to do. We must venture forth in order to care for the needs of others. What purpose have we served if it is to serve only for our own needs?
Jesus spent his ministry roaming from place to place, spreading the word of God to as many people as possible. He did not know each day where He might find nourishment or a place of rest. Yet He did not cease his journeys to teach others about God’s love and salvation.
We must also do the same. Sharing the word of God with the world around us is the task that God has given to us. There is no satisfaction in keeping it to ourselves. Like Jesus, let each of us be willing to freely share the Good News of our love for the Father and His Son.
PRAY WITH ME:
Lord, You have always shown us Your love in the many things You have done for us. In these times that are so difficult right now, help us to continue to search for ways to let others know that You are there for Your children. It is a blessing to enlighten others with Your word and Your love. AMEN.