On Sunday, a beautiful fall morning, at church we celebrated The Lord's Supper. It was a morning that I knew that I needed to be there. The music was incredible. The soloist was awesome. The celebration was awesome. The message.....well, I needed it and have been thinking about it ever since we left.
It was a message that was really very simple and very basic. Yet, at the same time it was very personal, very exciting and very convicting as well.
He preached out of 1 Corinthians and talked about Paul writing about the Lords Supper. The word that kept coming back to me was "Remember". One thing that was said and discussed about what we are to remember was that scripture talks about remembering His death. His crucifixion. His blood shed for us. His sacrifice. Jesus died for me! It doesn't talk about remembering His birthday. This was something I had not heard before. I confess that I do not know scripture like I should but I had never really thought about that. Truly something to ponder.
Pastor also talked about coming to His table and realizing what He did. He died for you. He died for me. The question that came to me as I sat there yesterday morning is.....do I really understand that? Do I really think about that? Am I thankful for that? He died for me. Powerful 4 words!
He also talked about being thankful. Yes, Thanksgiving, the holiday, is coming. Yes, we will visit and talk and chat with friends and families that we don't see very often. We will all EAT WAY TO MUCH! (me included) BUT why is it only once a year do we think about the word "thanksgiving"? Why don't we celebrate it everyday. Every moment. If you and I are born again and following after Him.....then EVERY DAY should be Thanksgiving. As Pastor said this morning....no matter what you are going through. It can be an illness, a hardship, financial struggle, a diagnosis, a job loss, managing your time or anything else that you can think of. Yet when you awake in the morning and those powerful 4 words come across your heart and your mind....Jesus died for me..........we can face whatever it is that seems so overwhelming with joy and thanksgiving in our hearts, peace that passes all understanding and a smile on our face. WOW!!!!!!
I thought back to this year and the circumstances that we have encountered.....
Loss of a job out of no-where
Loss of stable income.
Going back to school.
Getting a new job.
Kaleb in a new daycare
Mom's diagnosis of breast cancer again.
Mom's surgery followed by complications
Mom's up coming radiation treatments
Holidays and the stresses that come with.
Did I get up every morning and think.......Jesus died for me......let it sink in, put a smile on my face and walk through the day holding His hand......NO! I did not but I can assure you that my thought process is changing. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength and because HE DIED FOR ME!!!!!!
Because He died for me, I can come before The Throne. What a powerful message. What a powerful set of words that seem so very simple and yet so very profound!!!!!!!!
Jesus died for me. Something to ponder for today!!!!!