Perhaps the Sunday after Easter is as important as Easter itself. It is a response to what a believer heard the Sunday before. Being in a community of faith is important not just at Easter and Christmas.
Thinking in as much as Jesus died for us, He also lived for us. He taught us to love unconditionally. In the world we live in perhaps remembering that Jesus told us to love the least of these. The people
who he chose to begin his ministry weren’t fancy people. He liked to
party and live a life that wasn’t boring. The cool thing is that he
would eat with people like tax collectors and others society deemed to
be unworthy. Then he stood between the religious to defend a prostitute
from being stoned. In this season of resurrection perhaps we should
remember that He said for us to love and respect one another.
Today he would say all are equal; black or white, gay and straight, man and woman,
rich and poor. If we don’t love then what was the purpose of his life
and then his death?
To my fellow followers of Jesus who are in the LGBTQ community you have my love and deep respect. Keep the faith while you are under fire from some of our fellow believers. To non-believers you are loved too.
Let some light shine on the darkness of life. Learn to live again with joy and peace. Be patient. Anticipate something, someone good. Be protected from the evil of the world. Know there is Someone out of this world who loves you no matter what. Grace and peace on this first Sunday of Advent.
I love this…no two people are the same but it doesn’t matter to God. If anyone has been made to feel bad because they aren’t the same then please accept my apology.
Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ….let all kindness be shown them.
Circle us, Lord. Keep darkness out, keep light within. Keep fear without, keep peace within. Keep hatred out, keep love within. ~
This morning in church I was reminded that we are to love one another as Christ loves us all. I feel that He loves us as we are, so why do we have problems loving others with strings attached? Perhaps the drama of our world would be reduced if we just got it through our head that love is something you don’t put conditions on. Its a hard thing to do, but we should put our own agenda aside and love each other, no matter what.
The power of Easter is the ability to see Christ in a whole new way. Believers are charged with carrying on the mission of Jesus everyday because of His resurrection. Everyday should be an Easter experience. Before He died, Jesus showed the world how to live and love.
My pastor talked about Lazarus and how Jesus brought him back from death this morning in church. I think we all have moments in our lives when we need a second chance of living. We have to be bold to admit when we need that opportunity and just ask. Sometimes we need someone to ask for us.