Have you ever noticed that Joseph (the one we read about in the book of Genesis), you know the one who was actually sold into slavery by his own brothers?! Yep, that one. If you know the story, after he ended up in Egypt, he was thrown into prison. But, after a few detours, he became second in command to none but Pharaoh. Not only complete vindication, but absolute freedom and power.
We’ve all heard about the sufferings of Job, too. Yet how many of us recall that “after” the episode of his sufferings was over, he was not only blessed by 10 fold, in each area of his life, he lived another 140 years—giving him time to enjoy it all!
I had to think, first of all, my family has never attempted to sell me as a slave, for which I am grateful, and too, I’ve never had boils. I will say, I’ve had my share of pain and suffering in this life and it’s never something I welcome or enjoy, or handle that well, it I’m honest. But there is always an “after” party of sorts.
In life, we do suffer. This is a very fallen world. But it’s not permanent. The suffering isn’t forever, and in truth, neither is this earth. I guess that’s why it’s so important that we try to “get it right” during the short time we’re given down here. Why? Because “up there” will be for a very, very long time. That place will definitely be an “after party”. Free of hurt, agony and more. I welcome that destination. Don’t you?
In the meantime, when bad things come my way, I will do my best to remember, I don’t have it as bad as Joseph or Job…it may not be great…but it’s good. And if I’m patient, I’ll get an invitation to that after party—sooner or later.
– Just my thoughts
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This year they celebrated 45 years of this movement. Funny, no one seemed to notice the great remembrance we were “missing”. Maybe that’s because Earth Day isn’t really a big deal? Hmmmm.
Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970. You know, the era that brought us Jimi Hendrix, hippies, Vietnam and more. Air pollution was at its height and we weren’t even familiar with the term “clean environment”…yet.
So, some savvy folks with a cause decided to create Earth Day and get us all moving in the right direction. And there you have it.
If you planted a tree yesterday, picked up trash, groomed a greenway or did something noteworthy that was “green”, do let us know. I am sure there were some thoughtful experiences yesterday that ocurred, again, that we missed. But would love to hear about.
Psalm 24: 1-2
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.
For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths.
April 4th, 2015 by stephanie
Saturday: The Tomb
That’s where Christ was on this day.
Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath. No work would be done from sunset the night before until sunset this night. That is why there was such a rush to have Jesus prepared for burial and placed into the tomb by sunset Friday night (when the Sabbath officially began).
Sabbath was a sacred time set apart for contemplation and complete rest for God’s chosen people. (Luke 23:54-56)
Moment to Catch
Ironically, on this day of rest, the Jewish leaders, who should have been at home resting, were anything but quiet. They held a secret meeting and were strategizing…
Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, and said,
“Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ “Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people,
‘He has risen from the dead,’
and the last deception will be worse than the first.”
Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.” And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.
Thot for today:
The men who schemed to kill Jesus knew He had powers. They were terrified He would rise. How interesting that they thought a stone could keep Him, the Creator of the Universe, in a grave. Is there an immovable situation or object in your life that you feel hopeless about? If you can work to find the understanding and belief in that same power Christ held that blew that stone off the next morning.
But back to Stone-Cold Saturday…
Not a sound was heard from the tomb. But Sunday was coming…