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After weeks of counting down, this is the final day before the start of the two week Spring Break, in our school.

Students, staff, and parents will be watching the minute hand tick around the clock, in anticipation of two weeks of rest, travel, socializing, adventures and (in many cases) house cleaning.

Not only is today the beginning of a break from the everyday, but it is also the end of the winter months of school. When we go back to work and school, we will be returning to school in spring (and that leads to summer).

There is so much to look forward to!

I love looking ahead, having a plan for the days to come, having a dream for the future. This gives me a direction to work towards, a goal to work for.

Recently, I have been convicted that, although looking ahead is okay, I cannot forget what is right in front of me.

I should not risk missing out on the life that is today, that is now.

There is a classic story which comes to mind whenever I am convicted to live in the present.

I remember reading to our kids a story called “The Magic Thread”  from the William J. Bennett book called “The Book of Virtues”. In this story a young, impatient boy, named Peter, is given a ball of thread, and told that if he chooses, he can pull the string, and advance through the boring, the unpleasant, the sad times in life. He is also told that once he has pulled the string and advanced in time, he cannot go back. He eagerly and liberally pulls the string, moving through his life at record speed. It is not until he is old that he realizes how quickly his life has passed.

“Your magic ball is a wonderful thing.
I have never had to suffer
or wait for anything in my life.
And yet it has all passed so quickly.
I feel that I have had no time to take in what has happened to me,
neither the good things, nor the bad.
Now there is so little time left.”

The Golden Thread

I need to remember to fully live my life today, while planning (not living in) the future.

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As I turned on the radio, and heard the words spoken from stately lips, my breath was halted, I gulped hard, my heart ached. If I could describe my response, with the description of an action, it would be that of someone shoving a knife into my gut … and then twisting it.

The loss of a life, a soul, just a couple days before, elicited a similar, agonizing response.

The Crusades, the Inquisition … sins against humanity, in the name of Christ.

Slavery, Jim Crow … sins some believed had Biblical support.

Residential schools, child abuse … sins by those who led the church.

Witch hunts, abortion doctor shooters, bullies of homosexuals … all in the name of Christ.

What President Obama may be oblivious to, is the fact that those of us who are sincerely striving to live as Christ have no high horse to come down from …

as we have already been trampled by that ghost horse of the past over, and over, and over again.

“study the past if you would define the future”

The past, history, is a most valuable educator. It shows where humanity has gone right, and where it has gone off the rails wrong, like a runaway train. I would never, ever be one to say, let the past stay there … in the past. We must study it, understand it, learn from it.

What I can say, though, is that I do not live in the past, I am not responsible for the actions of those who lived in the past, as it is not those of the past who are my leaders, who I am following.

I am only answerable for the actions, words and impact that my life has on those around me, and the world I live in. Yes, my heart aches when I hear of horrors performed in the name of Christ (past and present), but it is an ache not for myself, but for the one whose name has been damaged … Christ.

May we pray for those who are persecuted.

May we be the hands and feet of God in communities, and the greater world.

May we be the voice of love, of peace and of wisdom.

May we feel the weight of representing our God this day, and be convicted by that responsibility to speak, to act, and to impact our world for His glory.

May we always, only, follow He who is worthy.

“It is (only) the Lord your God you must follow,
and (only) him you must revere.
Keep (only) his commands, and obey (only) Him;
serve (only) Him
and hold fast to (only) Him.”

Deuteronomy 13:4

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Tomorrow we celebrate Easter Sunday!

The season of waiting and preparation ends as the sun rises on Easter Sunday, proclaiming the rising of the Son of God, many years ago.

Because of sacrifice of Friday, and the separation of Christ from His heavenly Father, we are READY for Sunday! Not because of anything that we have done, but because of the sacrifice of Christ.

There are still those who have not grasped what Easter is about, why we Christians hold dearly the image of a man on a cross. They have not seen that man from the cross emerge from the tome of their own sins, whole again.

The most viewed post of this week refers to this. In the post, Looking for Cameo Appearances, we are reminded that we are to share the news of Christ’s appearances. Really, we are to share that Christ is everywhere, in everything, and His purpose in life was to give us life that never ends, and, more than that, life today that is with Him.

Also this week :

A Good Good Friday

Mary’s Story of Pain

The Sixth and Final Week of Lent

Prayers Offered in Faith

Happy Easter!


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