Share his love

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

As we make our way towards Easter there are going to be a lot of things that are different this year.  We won’t be able to be together to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  We won’t be able to sing together the praises to our Risen Lord.

I have told several that these times are bringing some tough times to me.  I want to be able to celebrate this time with my brothers and sisters in Christ.  I want to be able to shake a hand and even just get face to face with others as we celebrate this time.

As I considered this I realize that I am not alone, but most of the time it seems to be about me.  I mean, it is what I want and what I think that I need during this time.  After talking with Vicki I realize that I am not alone in wanting to get out and about.

She told me that she wanted to go to Amarillo to get some things but I told she couldn’t do that.  Then she said, “But I want to see the kids and grandkids.”  I can tell you she isn’t the only one feeling that way.

All around the world people are struggling with all that is going on with not only the virus but all that life is bringing their way.  Sometimes I am sure that it seems overwhelming to people and especially to those who are not used to being within the confines of their homes.

I get updates from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.  Yael Eckstein is the President and CEO.  He has been sharing stories of people that have been impacted not only by the coronavirus, but the struggles that they face daily in life.  IFCJ delivers food and encouragement to people who are mainly senior adults.

In one that I received he shared this: “God is teaching many lessons in these last days before Passover* — even as we rush Emergency Passover Food Boxes to isolated elderly who cannot afford food this month.”

“As we dropped a Food Box to 83-year-old Esther, she said something very profound that I am keeping close to my heart:  ‘This coronavirus is a message from God.  People are so busy thinking about themselves and now they have to stop and realize that they should be thinking about others.’”  With Yael I can say -- Amen, Esther.

While we may be struggling in our lives with all that is taking place, as Christians, it is imperative that we be thinking about others.  I realize that can be difficult, especially when we are facing struggles as well.  Yet, God directs us to look beyond ourselves to those around us.

Paul told the believers in Galatia – 13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Gal. 5:13-14).

Like Esther and the Apostle Paul the important thing is for us to be thinking about other and sharing the love of Christ with them.  When things aren’t going the way we imagined they should it is difficult for us to think of others, yet that is what Jesus did for us on the cross.

When Jesus was on the cross and the repentant thief called out to Him to remember him when He entered His kingdom.  Jesus said to him – “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:40-43).  Jesus heard his plea and reached out in love.

Of course, that is what He does for each person.  He has extended His love to all who will call upon Him.  Even though you may feel alone at this time just know that Jesus is there for you.  He loved you and gave Himself for you.  So accept His love and then share that love with those you encounter.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul

*Passover is from April 8 to April 16

Brother Paul Nachtigall is the preacher at Highland Baptist Church. He can be reached at bropaul@centramedia.net.

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