Last Saturday afternoon, I was privileged to be a part of a “drive by encouragement” activity. Some members of my church family made signs and decorated their cars. We then drove around town to “visit” several member’s homes. The caravan of vehicles honked their horns and shouted hellos as we drove by. While we did this to encourage folks who get out less than most of us these days, I found myself very encouraged. It was fun to see people – even from a distance. We received word from several who enjoyed the interaction. Some were able to tell their neighbors.
While we were driving around, I counted 4 cars who had the right of way but stopped to allow us to stay together. Many people along the way waved at us and gave their own greetings. I had a “God is good” sign on my car – one person shared her agreement.
We are living through hard times right now – hard for different reasons for different people. This activity was a breath of fresh air as we all navigate stay at home orders.
As a church we are to show the love of God to one another. Some days we are better at that than others. I pray that this time of separation helps us to rethink how we are expressing the love of God. We have needed to be creative since normal avenues of reaching out have been closed. This hasn’t been all bad. I hope you are in the position to give and receive the love of God. You will find nothing better in life.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity you gave me to encourage and be encouraged. Please help me to be sensitive to the needs of others. Please guide me in showing Your love to others.
Right now, it can feel like everything in life is about COVID-19. It is a major part of what is happening in the world. However, I hope we don’t get sidetracked as we deal with the affects of this virus in our lives. No matter how this has changed your life, God is still the same as He has always been (Hebrews 13:8). He is waiting to help you have a greater purpose in life than what you can imagine. Hebrews 13:20-21 is a prayer that God will work in us. Some think this shows God as selfish. However, God will never be selfish. He gave His only Son to save us from the worst. What pleases God is good for us. Try God’s way – I think you’ll find this to be true. He wants more for us than we want for ourselves.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to live the purpose You have planned. I don’t want the challenges of life to deter me from serving You. Please help me to encourage others to seek You and follow Your way. I pray that through this time You would equip us to serve You. Thank you for all You have been doing and all You will do.
As we get ready for an unusual Easter of watching church from home, we need to remember the love of Christ. Jesus died a horrible death on the cross to save us from our sin. Our sin – not His wrong, not His mistake, not His issues – ours. When we place our trust in Jesus to save us from our sin, His love compels us to live for Him. When we understand the magnitude of Christ’s gift, that compulsion seems so small in comparison.
I pray you know the love of Christ. If you have not placed your trust in Jesus Christ to save you from sin, then you do not know His love. I encourage you to seek and find His love. You won’t regret it.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. Thank You that Jesus’ death was enough to save anyone who asks. I pray that those who do not know You would learn about You this unusual Easter. Please help me to share the truth of Who You are at all times. You have done so much for me. I want to do more for You.
The past several weeks have brought out the best and worst in people. While there are a lot of tough things going on, the worst thing we could do is despair and forget God’s goodness. As we come to Easter (starting with Palm Sunday tomorrow), we need to dwell on the truth of Who God is. God is a loving father, Who gave His only Son to save people who chose wrong over right (John 3:16). Look at the book of Romans – you will see all of us have sinned.
Palm Sunday is a reminder of people who praised and worshipped Jesus. Shortly before He gave His life to save us (John 10:18), he received praise and worship from those around Him. People laid down palm branches for the donkey He rode to walk on. This action was a sign of respect in the culture of that area and time.
Where is our respect and worship these days? A potentially tough question any time – maybe even more so now. I pray you know Who Jesus is and why worshiping Him is so important. If not, please ask. I would be happy to share the truth of Who God is with you.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you that Jesus gave His life so willingly to save my soul. Thank you for providing every need – especially when I’m not aware. Please forgive me when I don’t pay attention to Your provision and help me to be more attentive. Oh Father, I want to share the hope – the sure hope – of Who You are and what You have done. Please guide me each day.