- Amy Welborn
My thought exactly! Isn't this sad to read about Stephen's death the day after Christmas?
I agree with you, Amy, "Jesus, in joy, I embrace Your way, from Bethlehem to Calvary!" to Resurrection, to interceding for me at the right hand side of the Father, to coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead, to reign forever and ever :-) Amen!
As I read the readings this morning, it reminds me why Jesus came and was born as a baby.......He is here with me to point me to the cross.......His love for me, His ultimate plan in selfless sacrifice to save me from my sins and myself, and His long ago desire to bring me to Himself in restoring the relationship :-)
So am I ready for Easter? Why not start preparing now?
What do I expect between now and then? (Reading 1)
* they were infuriated
* they ground their teeth
* they cried out in a loud voice
* (they) covered their ears
* (they) rushed upon.....(you name it)
* they threw him (whosoever) out
* (they) began to stone (kill) him (whosoever)
What do I do in the mean time? (Reading 1)
* filled with grace and power
* filled with the Holy Spirit
* looked up intently to heaven
* saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God
* called out "Lord Jesus,"
What did Jesus tell me? (Gospel)
* Beware of men......
* do not worry.......
* You will be given at that moment.......
* For it will not be you.......
* but the Spirit of your Father.......
* whoever endures to the end.......
* will be saved.
Amen! Lord Jesus! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety. You are my Rock and my fortress; for Your Name's sake You will lead and guide me. Into Your hands I commend my spirit; You will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God. I will rejoice and be glad because of Your mercy. Rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors. Let Your face shine upon Your servant; save me in Your kindness. Amen :-)
Amen. Thank you Holy Fatther for this day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ now and forever . Amen
Thank you Holy Father for the time spent with my family yesterday celebrating you. Amen
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