Show me the one, show me the way, help me to know just how to share the love You gave.

Look around you! There is probably someone who could use some love! All too often, we find ourselves surrounded by people who are going through some difficult times. Perhaps you are! Whether it's unemployment, family problems, health problems, depression, loneliness, or whatever, all of us would like some relief from what we are going through. We need to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

And there is! The Light of Lights, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is willing and more than able to lift us from our darkness, into His pure and safe haven of light. He promises His love and presence to heal and deliver, to strengthen and help, all those who call on Him.

Like the beam from the mighty lighthouse, that directs ships safely back to harbor, His Light is there to show us the way to Him, for Jesus is truly the Way, the Truth and the Life.

It is my prayer that this site encourages you to reflect His light to those around you who need to know Him. Let Him use you to share His love. And as you embark on this remarkable journey, please share your experiences so that all of us can grow together in our quest to reach all the world, lest anyone should perish.

May God richly bless you!

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Coat and A Cross

This week my 91 year old mother-in-law said goodbye to her 98 year old husband. They had been married for 73 years, and she has never lived alone. My father-in-law's funeral was the day before yesterday, and even though it was technically Spring, the snow was falling, the wind was blowing and it was around 20 degrees. After the church service, we were to gather at the gravesite. In an effort to make sure she was dressed warmly, my husband looked in her closet and found a longer dark blue coat. He helped her into it, and off we went.
Afterwards, she told us that the coat belonged to her husband. And while she sat in the chair underneath the tent at the gravesite, she realized that, and felt like she had her husband's arms wrapped around her. She didn't feel alone.
It was only a coat. But it smelled like her husband, and its warmth comforted her. She felt close to him by wearing the coat.

This makes me think about the cross. To some people it is just wood. Criminals hung on it to be crucified 2000 years ago. But to Christians, the cross means much more. It stands for love. God's love for mankind.

For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him,
shall not perish but have everlasting life.
             - John 3:16

God knew we would need a Savior, and demonstrated His own love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He was the perfect Lamb, to ultimately pay the price for our sins. By accepting His free gift of salvation, we become heirs to the Kingdom and inherit everlasting life.  All through a cross.

To my mother-in-law, that coat meant that her husband was near...

To you, what does the cross mean?

As I stand before the cross
and I gaze upon its beauty
I see You... I see You
A symbol of Your love
the perfect sacrifice
I see You... I see You
You gave Your life up on that cross
redeemed me from my sins
No longer death would have its sting
new life in You begins
Forever I will worship You, my King
Forever I will glorify Your Name
As I stand before the cross
and I gaze upon its beauty
I see You... I see You
I can hear the hammer pounding
and the ground begin to shake
I see You... I see You
Your face is filled with anguish
drops of blood begin to fall
I see You... I see You
The chosen time is coming soon
in the twinkling of an eye
I'd hate to think how things would be
if You hadn't paid the price
Forever separated and in darkness we would be
Jesus, You paid the price for me
Oh, Jesus, You gave Your life for me.
                                                      -  'I See You' by Mary Latona

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