January 5 Empty But Full

Photo by Eric Wing

Photo by Eric Wing

Genesis 11:1-13:4;  Matthew 5:1-26;  Psalm 5:1-12;  Proverbs 1:24-28

“The poor in spirit are blessed, because the reign of heaven is theirs!

The people who are mourning are blessed, because they will be comforted!

The lowly are blessed, because they will inherit the earth!

The people who are hungering and thirsting for righteousness are blessed, because they will be satisfied!

The merciful are blessed, because they will be shown mercy!

The pure in heart are blessed, because they will see God!

The peacemakers are blessed, because they will be called sons of God!

The ones who are persecuted because of righteousness are blessed, because the reign of heaven is theirs!

You are blessed whenever people insult you and persecute you and by lying, say every kind of evil against you because of me!

Rejoice and exult, because your reward is great in heaven, for in this way they persecuted the prophets who were before you!  Matthew 5:3-12

Empty but full,

that’s what we are, we who

believe

in the Son of God.

Lord God, that’s the beauty of the Christian faith–we who are empty spiritually are filled to the brim with your blessings.  In our neediness, you came and rescued us.  We, who cannot go one minute, one hour, one day, one month, one year, one lifetime without sinning, have been saved.  And because you have saved us, we are truly blessed!  Thank you, Lord!  We are blessed today with the knowledge that one day we will be be in Heaven with you where all our hungering and thirsting will cease, where peace will reign, and we shall see you face to face.  Thank you for blessing us so richly!  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

“Then let your Word within me

Shine as the fairest star.

Your reign of love revealing

How wonderful you are.

Help me confess your truth

And with your Christendom

Here own you King and Savior

With all the world to come.”

~Martin Behm

December 9 “Even So”

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Image by Zach Fonville

Joel 1:1-3:21;  Revelation 1:1-20;  Psalm 128:1-6;  Proverbs 29:18

“Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail (mourn) on account of him.  Even so.  Amen.

 

“I am the Alpha and the Omega” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:7-8

For we who believe and are assured of Salvation, Christ’s coming in the clouds may cause us to weep for joy.  But for so many others, their words of denial will come back to haunt them.  Saying ‘no’ to Jesus in this life through unbelief means ‘no’ to eternal life–and seeing the one they’ve denounced will be great cause for mourning and wailing.  

Imagine the sound that day.

We may weep for joy when our Lord comes, but we may also shed tears of sorrow to see people we work with, live with, enjoy football games with, fishing with, scrapbooking with, running with, cooking with collapse with overwhelming grief at the realization that it’s too late for them.

“The time is near.”  Jesus is coming back in all His glory to judge the living and the dead. 

God grant us a fervent desire to see all those we know–and don’t know–saved by your Grace, that when Christ comes again in the clouds we may all cry with tears of joy and praise.  For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen.”  Revelation 1:5-6

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If you don’t know him as Lord and Savior, bow your head and pray this prayer:  Lord God, I know that I am a sinner.  I am not perfect.  Please forgive my sins.  Come into my heart by faith.  I believe that Jesus died for my sins and can make me new.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I may grow in faith and love towards you and towards others.  In Jesus’ name I pray,  Amen.

And rest assured that “all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”