My family is blessed to be anticipating a return to PrayerTown in the next few weeks. As our trip draws near, I am reminded of the many ways in which the Holy Spirit leads, protects and nourishes His beloved.
The weeks leading up to our departure feel very much like those preceding a large conference …. there is an excitement in the air knowing that something rare, grace-filled and potentially life-changing lingers around the corner, as well as a very real awareness that there is a spiritual battle raging in this temporal world. This is the time, as our hearts grow in holy anticipation, that this war becomes something more than daily silent temptations, and we must recognize that all Christians… you, me, your pastor, your bible study ladies… we have all chosen to stand on His battlefield and declare with our lives that JESUS IS LORD.
There are places and moments in our lives which hold a sacred peace, a holy embrace, the power to reach deep into ourselves and behold the LIVING GOD who we have allowed to reign in our lives. How blessed we are to know the freedom of the cross and the triumph of the resurrection.
There are also those places and moments in which He calls us to rest at His feet, to crawl on His lap and call Him “Father.” This is how we are renewed. This makes us like new again…. a new creation… free from the weight of sin… with a refreshed sense of purpose we can clothe ourselves in bright armor and approach the battle of spirits, standing FIRM, knowing that our God has already prevailed.
So during this Holy Week, as we prepare to celebrate His triumph over evil, let us pause in adoration of the King we choose to serve.
Let us bring Him the gift of ourselves (small yellow flowers in the arms of a statue are nice also).
May this Holy Week be unlike any other you’ve had…. may you open yourself up to the REALITY of EASTER SUNDAY… He rose on the third day, He defeated death, He lives!!!!
Let us pray.
Lord, it is in Your love that we choose to live. We choose, Lord, to take refuge in Your unfailing grace. As we reflect on the marvel of Easter, we are oh so grateful to serve You. AMEN.