Friday Morning. Once, a couple weeks ago, Friday had a vibrant feeling because most were looking forward to the weekend. Now the endless weekend of quarantine is the reality for many. I, as many others, have presumably permanently been displaced from the position I held until last Monday evening. It was an OK job and I liked it. Now it, along with the barely adequate income have evaporated in the global morass. The morass created by what I call a minor flu epidemic. I am not intending to make lite of the sorrow resultant from the actual deaths ocurring. Each of those wound the hearts of the living left behind. I sorrow with those who experience such loss.
Alernately I rejoice with those who avoid such loss through the recovery of friend or relative. These are expressions of empathy and compassion all a part of the mercy for which we have been set aside in Christ Jesus.
The sorrow and the rejoicing live side by side in our psyche and emotions. Further are the gnawing questions about the financial situation and potential collapse of the worldwide economy. On the social media I have read the writing between the lines for many who’ve written.
I have the peace that passes understanding as the gift of the Spirit of truth from Jesus. My sins, as the sin of the whole world are forgiven and we need only take the word of him who rose from the dead. Bleieve the witnesses. My name is written in the book of life and insuch position nothing may separate me from the love of God, Lord Jesus Christ. Receive comfort if you mourn and reloice in his salvation if your joy is complete.
Repent is a totured word in its meaning in our day. Metanoia is the greek word uttered by John the Baptist and Jesus in Mark 1 Jesus says in Greek Essense, “Change your mind and BELIEVE the Good News.” The apostle Paul says at Romans 10: 8- 10:
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (NIV)
Jesus himself assured his disciples on the night before his crucifixion at John 16: 27:
“No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (NIV)
Receive him as Lord today and pick up a Bible and start reading Acts 9, with intent focus at Acts 9: 15. In red letters. The free gift of grace. Happy Friday. Chris Queen 3/27/2020.