A friend of mine sent this out today and it was such an inspiration, I couldn’t help but to get her permission and share. If you haven’t watched the video linked here, please take four minutes. It may be the best 4 minutes of your day!! Thanks Mo.
Last night, my cousin joined Jesus in heaven. It was tragic. It was unexpected. It was not what my family prayed for. And it hurt…so so much.
I’m am glad to have a Heavenly Father who can handle my anger, my hurt, my frustrations, my critiques. How dare He be so selfish as to snatch up this wonderful woman only 10 months after she married the love of her life…but then I return to the words I memorized so many years ago…
Isaiah 40: 27-31
“Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
So I will place my Hope in the knowledge that He is the strength that will get my family through this. I know many of y’all are heading into midterms. This verse has always been a comfort to me and that’s why it was high on the list for memory verses to pass on to you all.
These past few days have reminded me once again how quick our time here will be over. Know that I love you all. Greater still, know that I love Jesus like crazy backflip style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA_uwWPE6lQ
Love and hugs,
Mama Bear Mo
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I saw your FB post at Communion Testimony and I just couldn’t help but share this story:
In Feb. 2009 Dad and I went on a 2 1/2 week tour of Israel and the Holy Land with a group from our church. It was the trip of a lifetime! I will never read the bible the same again! Anyways, one of our last days we were in Jerusalem and got to go to the Upper Room. Obviously the original building that Jesus and the disciples were in for the Last Supper is not there anymore, but it is believed to be rebuilt in the same place. We bought bread and juice and carried it with us most of the day (all the way down the Via Delorosa) just so that we could take Communion together IN the Upper Room.
Our group prayed and sang together and then took communion, and as we were almost finished and I was helping Dad serve, another group came in. (The were hispanic, but I have no idea what nationality they were) One woman spotted our group taking communion, got very excited and started walking towards us, but her friend grabbed her arm and pulled her back and kind of gestured to our nametags letting her know that it was just for our group. I will never forget how the woman’s face dropped in sadness… She definitely understood the significance of where she was and wanted so desperately to participate with us. I was still holding the bread so I waved really big to her and motioned for her to come over. Her face lit up SO BRIGHT. She then dragged the Other woman into our group and I served them both communion. Then THEY grabbed everyone else in their group and we served them all. We couldnt communicate through speech with these people, but we communicated through the sacrament.
The best part : Since we were leaving, we handed the leftover bread and juice to the group that had already been there when we arrived. They were from Ethiopia, and spoke very little English, but they understood what we were giving them and began to serve their group.
Three groups, as racially and culturallly different as possible took communion together, with no words exchanged. The words we did share – those to the hymn “Amazing Grace” – I will NEVER forget walking out the doorway of that room hearing “grace will lead us home ….”
It was such a beautiful representation of what the church and the Body of Christ SHOULD be.
LIFE CHANGING- that’s for sure.
Categories: Church At Chelsea Park, Faith Journey, Holy Communion, John Personal
Tags: Body of Christ, Eucharist, God, Holy Land, Israel, Jerusalem, Jesus, Last Supper