As we enter the Easter season, I think it is important to remember the joy and love of God. And as this past year has and continues to be full of division and strife, war and rumors of wars, I think it is best if we Christians remember to have hope and joy in the Lord. Instead of fear and despair, let the Resurrection be full of Life and joy and laughter for you, remembering what Paul said to the Romans — Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21) In that spir it, I offer the following short tale from the website Will and Guy’s Humor:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 English Standard Version (ESV)

“So if God is all knowing and God cares about us, why does God tell us to ask? Why doesn’t God just do it and stop our suffering now?” That was the question the 22-year-old mom asked to me. She did not know why God had made her life so tough. Her boyfriend was on and off with drugs. Her baby had so many health problems. And now the car had broken which meant she could not get easily to work in Spirit Lake. I gave her a list of folks that might offer to carpool with her. And then I was quiet. Can I pray with you anyway? I asked. So we did. Right there on the street.

All a person’s ways seem right to them, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. –Proverbs 21: 2-3

So a new year has begun, our annual meeting is over. The long winter between Christmas and Spring is starting. Each of us has our opinions on what is to come, on what is best and how to do it. Let us not forget this gem of wisdom from scripture—we think we have the plans, we think our ways are the best, but it is God’s plans that we must be about, it is God’s love we must show each other. Let me ask you to seriously take some time this month, the month of love in the secular world, and reflect on the real love of Christ in your life. How are you living into your discipleship?

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