Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us the things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things of which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merit of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
WEAR THAT CROWN…
Dear brothers and sisters, grace be to you from our Lord Jesus Christ… It is funny to me that I pray for you all to have grace… smh (shaking my head) if only, I heard my own prayer… God knows, that I lose my grace when I workout… (YES, I am always at the gym)… An occasional swear word slips out of my mouth… To me, that is not reflecting the Lord in a good way. WE ARE A REFLECTION OF OUR CREATOR… Truly, Truly I say to you, I must try harder to represent our Lord Jesus Christ (Jesus Christ = Immanuel = God with us) (ISAIAH CH. 7 & 8) in a good light.
The idea of representing Jesus Christ in a dark world gives me hope. Hope for an AWESOME tomorrow. What happened to me this past Tuesday was an awesome example of how a good representation sets a good example to other people in society. I went to Karn’s (Grocery Store) to heat up my lunch (graciously given to me from a friend) and buy a Diet Peach Ice Tea to drink. By the cooler, I talked to a worker employed by Karn’s. I have met him before in the parking lot months before. He was the “cart collector” and always had a smile on his face and a “good afternoon” for me… This time, I ran into him inside. We started talking. He told me that it was his first day working inside. He had the job of cleaning the bathrooms. That was the first time I heard frustration in his voice and saw a frown on his face.
I told him that he was not alone. “I to clean bathrooms at the gym where I work part-time… BUT, you know what??? (I LOVE IT!!!) It won’t stop me pursuing a job that benefits from my educational background. ATTITUDE IS A DECISION”” This immediately brought that smile back on his face. I continued to thank him for having such a good attitude in the past, gathering the carts outside… He then went back to work cleaning the h+ll out of those bathrooms 🙂 THANK YOU GOD FOR YESTERDAY!!!
Remembering yesterday brings to mind a letter written by, our brother in Christ, the Apostle Paul.
Paul writes in Romans:
9 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen[a] according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.
This declaration, of being blessed, shines an AWESOME light for Christ. I think, Paul gives us a good example of how to act as Christians. He shows us that we are champions, one and all, empowered by God’s spirit… We will taste victory and sweet success made possible by His love and gifts to us… However, we may fear the harsh judgment of the majority or feel inadequate to standards set forth by others. We may even be unsettled by thoughts of death, persecution, and dark spiritual powers. BUT, Paul celebrates the absolute assurance that no one and nothing can come between us and the love of God. 🙂 THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY!!!
WEAR THAT CROWN.
That brings me to today… Guess what I am doing??? I am the “READER” at my Evangelical Church of the Holy Trinity. In a Lutheran service there is a First Lesson (written in our old testament), Second Lesson (written in our new testament), and a prayer for the church spoken by a member of the congregation. I will be volunteering my voice to spread these Holy words among fellow believers.
I am reading the story of Abraham before he was called Abraham (Abram)… and a testimony from our brother Paul referring to Abraham’s life and the choice of God’s people to walk by faith (Hebrews 11:1-16)… I am excited to say the least! BRING IT.