In the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 Solomon tells us; “There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
No time does this verse speak louder than it does in the Easter story. Jesus was loved and adored while riding into Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey, where large crowds surrounded Him, shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9) Only, to be met days later by people shouting, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” (Luke 23:21) Flogged and slapped with a twisted crown of thorns that was put on His head, Jesus carried His own cross, to be crucified and pierced. (John 19)
Isaiah’s prophetic words speak of how Christ’s sacrifice for us would heal us. He writes that by His stripes we are healed and that He has taken our grief and carried our sorrows. Jesus did all of this because His love for us is so great. I will tell you that teaching children about God’s awesome love, continuously brings blessings. A few weeks ago, my niece and nephew joined our class. This week my nephew came up to me to ask a question. As I bent down to hear what he had to say, I noticed that his nose looked as though it had started to bleed. When I brought this to his attention, he replied, “No, Aunt D, I prayed to God and it stopped.” He was right. It did!
No doubt, as much joy as children bring, along with them can come some challenges. Being a mom and RE teacher, I can honestly say that no matter what their age, their feelings go very deep. From the questions that I have been asked, to listening to the intelligent words they speak, they teach me. My nephew brought one of those special moments when he shared, “I prayed to God, and He healed me!” May his precious words echo in our ears through all the different seasons of life that we may be in. As this beautiful quote expresses, “God, give me the faith of a little child! A faith that will look to Thee—That never will falter and never fail, But follow Thee trustingly.” Thank you, Ben!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you…” (Isaiah 43:2) Jesus spoke with wisdom. He shared stories to help us to live better and treat others more kindly. His grace brought forgiveness, healing and peace, and made us closer to God. Jesus gave us the greatest gift when He gave up His life on the Cross, which is God’s power unto salvation, God’s love unto humanity. May the grace of our Lord be with you always. In Jesus’ beautiful and Holy Name, I pray.
Easter blessings always!