We are, by the grace of God, equipped to be present for the others in our lives. Not just our friends and family, but the “others” who cross our path holding a sign in need of food, on the corner we pass each day. God is present for us, may we let Him fill us so we can share His gift. How is God present for you?
Pray with me:
Oh Holy of Holies,
“Truly this man was the Son of God!” were the words of the centurion as he stood in front of Jesus. He was there and heard Your Son cry out to You, Father. Open our hearts to let You live in us, so we can hear the cries of those around us who need Your love. Help us to welcome Your presence and fill us, so we can share Your gift.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wehave peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.And we boast in the hope of the glory of
Gifts come to us in different sizes and shapes. When one comes my way I hold the mysterious box up to my ear and shake it in hopes that a super clue might be revealed. To verify my suspicion I tear into the box ripping the paper to shreds in excitement to find my surprise. On rare occasions I remove the paper carefully to conserve a particularly lovely piece of wrapping paper.
The people of Jerusalem were given the best gift of all, as Jesus rode into their village on a donkey. Surrounding Him was a throng of people waving palm branches and shouting, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” The villagers’ special gift, the Son of God, had ridden into their lives. Before these unsuspecting people was an unopened present containing the amazing gifts of God’s grace embodied in Christ our Savior. They couldn’t shake their gift as I do in hopes of guessing its contents. These men and women during this Holy of all Holy weeks had to wait until their hearts were awakened to our Savior’s love.
Upon rising everyday we can precariously open God’s precious gift of His Son and make a mess, or we can open it with loving care and save the cherished remnants of the gift-wrap to share with others. It was God’s grace that guided Jesus His last week on earth, and it is what guides us each day. As you gaze at His torn body on the cross this Holy weekend, remember these gifts of grace, and when you awake on Easter morn gingerly unwrap your box and shout aloud for all to hear, “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ has risen indeed”. Quit shaking those boxes, walk into Jesus’ risen world and unwrap His gift.
Points to Ponder:
1. What is your favorite gift? Where did you get it?
2. What guides you as you walk throughout your days?
3. How would you greet Jesus if He rode into your town?
Pray with Me:
Dear Giver of Grace,
As I rise this Easter morning, help me to open Your gift of grace and shout to all that You have risen, risen indeed!