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Our Lord is so good, He grants us many blessings. We can see Him in the daily course of events, in our homes, our jobs, our lives. I pray that these words help you to grow in your faith and recognize His hand in even the most mundane circumstances.
The picture to the right is of a Celtic Chapel located in Cornwall England. This building is approximately 1700 years old, and contains a holy well known for its healing powers.
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“Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love. I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full. This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. You didn’t choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you. I command these things to you, that you may love one another.” John 15:9-17
In a scene from the movie “Forest Gump,” Forest is in Vietnam. Things had gone very wrong, and people were dying. Forest ran out of the danger zone, but when he reached safety, he realized that his friend had not followed behind. So, he went back into the battle to find his friend. He had no concern for his own life as he dragged wounded soldiers out of the line fire. He finally found his friend whose injury caused permanent paralysis. The friend would have rather died on the battlefield than to live the rest of his life as an invalid. His friend was not grateful for Forrest’s sacrifice and spent many years angry and spiteful, hating the new demanding life he had to live. He also hated Forest for causing him to live it.
We often listened to Armed Forces Radio and Television Service when we were stationed in England. They showed film clips about real American heroes. These men and women went beyond the call of duty; they risked their own lives for the lives of their friends. There was a story of one pilot who was on his last flight before being sent home. He noticed that the other pilots in his squadron needed help as he was on his way to the air base and went right back into the battle. He saved several planes but died in the process. He had done his share, but went the extra mile to save lives. He sacrificed everything so that others might live.
How much would you be willing to sacrifice for a friend, a family member, a neighbor, or even an enemy? Would you be willing to lay down your life to save another?
Jesus Christ had a short-lived, but incredible ministry. In those few short years, He taught the people about love and God, He healed the sick and raised the dead. Lives were changed by His presence. He did more than His share to make the world a better place. Yet it was not enough. He went to the front lines of the battlefield with Satan and He suffered death so that we will have life. It is not an easy life; it is a life in which Jesus commands us to love as He loved and sacrifice for the sake of others. Are you thankful for the work of Jesus Christ on the cross? Or are you like Forest Gump’s friend, angry that the new life you have been given is too demanding?
Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is a day set aside to remember those who died in the line of duty. Today, I am thankful to all those who gave their lives for their country. I am even more thankful to Jesus Christ for His love and the sacrifice He made for me. It is my prayer that I will have the courage to do the same as I live my life of faith.
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“Yahweh, you have searched me, and you know me. You know my sitting down and my rising up. You perceive my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but, behold, Yahweh, you know it altogether. You hem me in behind and before. You laid your hand on me. This knowledge is beyond me. It’s lofty. I can’t attain it.” Psalm 139:1-6, WEB
More than one billion people are active on Facebook. Now, even though that is a large number, it is still a fraction of the overall world population. I love to use that particular social media platform. I have reconnected with old friends, kept in touch with family and made some new friends. It might seem impersonal, and in ways it is because so many of my friends are located so far from me, but it is also very personal because I would never have been in contact with them without Facebook.
It is important to have friends. Friends help us through the hard times and rejoice with us during the good times. Without friends we find it difficult to survive. Now, I find it difficult to accept that those with thousands of Facebook friends can count on them through thick and thin, but we all have at least a few who know us very well and upon whom we can depend. Most of those people are more than virtual friends. Some of those friendships are superficial because we can hide behind the vague masks we create online.
Someone once said, “A real friend is someone who walks in when everybody else walks out.” While our Facebook friends can be very supportive, it is important that we have friends we can see, touch and hear face to face. We need friends who will be honest when we need correction and will be present when we need comfort. It is a blessing to have friends who know us so well that they can almost read our minds and tell us what we are thinking. They can stop us from doing something stupid and encourage us to do the right thing. Even when we make a mistake, they are quick with forgiveness and slow to remember our faults.
It is a blessing to have friends who stand with us and help us through this life, but even our relationships with our best friends are imperfect. I have had friends over the years that have been lost to the ravages of time and sin. We have grown apart for one reason or another, contact broken and never restored. Childhood friends take different paths, school friends move away. For every Facebook reconnection, there are dozens I have not been able to find again. Some relationships are broken because arguments create irreparable damage and walls are built that separate us forever. We do not know what may affect our relationships over time.
However, there is one relationship that will stand forever. He knows us better than anyone. The love of our Lord God Almighty is greater than any we can receive from our earthbound friends whether they are tangible or virtual. He knows everything about our life, even before we know it. We cannot hide from Him. He created us and laid our path before us. He gives us everything we need to live in this world, His life and word. We can go to Him for whatever we need. He will guard and protect us; He will mold and guide us. He is our best friend, the one on which we can depend and without which we would not survive. Thank You, Lord, for your love.
The following links provide some specially chosen scripture that tell the stories of the Birth and Passion of our Lord as Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as a fictional perspective of the Crucifixion. Spend time in God's Word, read about His life and learn of the wonderful gifts He has for you. Know Jesus Christ and honour Him today. Thanks be to God.
When researching, I use several versions of the bible, including the New International Version and English Standard Version. Due to copyright restrictions, I have not included quotes for the scriptures on some of the archives, but highly encourage you to open your own bibles to read the scripture passages for yourselves. Where scripture is quoted, it is usually the American Standard Version or World English Bible which belong to the public domain. Any other versions used in quotes are identified.
The devotion posted on Wednesday is based on the Lectionary texts used by millions of Christians each Sunday. The Lectionary consists of four texts: an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a passage from one of the Epistles and a Gospel text and follows the church calendar. Archives for these writings are found at Midweek Oasis.
You are welcome to use these words to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Please remember to give credit to the Author who has given you these gifts, and keep in remembrance the vessel which He used to bring them to you. We pray that this site may be a blessing to you and anyone with whom you've shared it. Peggy Hoppes