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Jeremy’z Journey: Suffering gives way to hope

As I sit in a medium-sized surgical waiting room, I notice small groups of families and couples bustling in and out. FoxNews is blaring propaganda from Rush and others in an attempt to remind us that Obama is the liberal devil. Breaking News: Miley Cyrus announces her engagement to her 3-year beau and co-star from that Sparks guy’s novel-turned-movie. The national deficit is inching closer to $16 trillion and its Obama and his buddies’ fault.
All this is not helping much to distract me from the fact that my wife is somewhere less than 100-feet away from me in an anesthesia-induced sleep with doctors and nurses all around. Every minute of this “Booo! Evil Obama! Boooo!” alleged-news-reporter blasting seems just shy of an eternity. When are they gonna talk about Miley again? I don’t really care for her much either, but at least it’s a change in topic.
Really, I don’t think anyone’s surprised by Obama, except maybe those who are in denial and still think he’s the greatest pres. ever. And none of us will likely get a save-the-date envelope for the Kentuckian wedding an Australian event. But somehow, these are the biggest items of news they can dig up this morning.
Even now, I ‘m writing in my notebook with the cover that says, “Keep calm & smile on,” to distract myself from this reality. Writing, no doubt a gift from God, has always helped me to sort through my thoughts. My heart nearly stops every time the nurses’ door comes open, thinking it will be a call to tell me how she is doing.
When we learned of this surgical necessity just days ago, I was deeply saddened. Trying not to show it, I’ve been trying to be strong for her when she needs to lean on me. But it was she that first said to me that everything would be okay and that all of this is God’s plan.
“God’s plan,” I thought but dared not to speak? “How is this spirit-crushing thing God’s plan?”
Maybe He knows why we don’t need a new baby for Christmas she said with a gentle, yet hurting on the inside smile.
Momentarily, I wanted to be angry with Him. My mind wanted to look Him in the eye and scream at Him, “Why? She is your faithful servant. Why did You do this to her? To us? To me? To our family?”
But quickly, I knew she was right. It seems she has helped me on more than just this occasion to remember that He is always correct and in control. He has blessed us and will continue to do so as long as we keep our focus on Him. He will bless us all abundantly according to His will.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God,” – Romans 5:1-2 (New International Version).
Another heart-stopping door opening moments from the nurse who still isn’t ready to tell me that she is out of surgery yet. The last few days have been tough, but sitting here is tough beyond belief.
Speaking of belief, my belief that God will take care of her, and us, and our family is the greatest comfort in my “what if” mind-racing moment of eternity.
Despite what I said earlier, I have clung to God since we found out. I have prayed near constantly for her to be okay physically and emotionally; psychologically and most of all spiritually.
Here’s the history making non-recalled governor of Wisconsin. Yet another mild non-distraction they’ve played over-and-over.
“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us,” – Romans 5:3-5.
I don’t mean to offend You Lord, but suffering sucks! But in the back of my mind, and in the middle of my heart, I know Jesus Christ will see us through this.
Some choose to dwell on their suffering, never gaining any benefit or higher perspective from it. But those who focus on God will undoubtedly see how He makes a negative situation into a positive one.
Suffering can yield perseverance, character and hope when we allow God to work in us. Hope is one of the great gifts that He has given us. Faith, Hope and Love. His love is the greatest gift and I feel that love all the time, even now, sitting here waiting with me.
Of the items we had to be sure to bring, I brought my “smile on” notebook and pen, but most importantly my Bible. I’m sitting in one of those wide, two-person seats provided in some newly renovated waiting rooms. As I read my Bible and occasionally write something down, I know I have the best comforter sitting right here with me.
His love is awesome! But right now, His hope is what is helping me not to fall apart. And my faith in Him lets me know that He will lead us through just fine.
Amen! We praise You Father for these and all of Your wonderful gifts.

The doctor has called for me. We start to walk toward a back sitting area when he notices the Bible in my hand and smiles. I still can’t see her yet, but he assures me that everything went the best it could’ve gone from his perspective.
Once again, Faith, Hope, Love and the power He gives our prayers is leading us through another storm. Amen!

Jeremy’z Journey: Who is Peter? Part II

As mentioned in an earlier posting, I find the story of Jesus and Peter walking on the water to be quite interesting. If you would like to read the first observation I made about the story, it can be found in the April, 25, 2012 column titled Jeremy’z Journey: Of course Jesus can walk on water! But who is Peter? As I read over this historical account in the gospel of Matthew, I realized another analogy that can be made from this passage that can teach us Christians a lesson.
If you would like to read in the Bible, it is Matthew 14:28-33. Here are those verses from the New International Version:
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” He said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
When discussing Matthew’s unbeknownst parable in the writing earlier this year, I had no idea there would be a part two. But while studying in another book of the Bible, my mind wandered back to this passage. I think God allowed my mind to come back to one of my favorite passages in Matthew because both are about the Church.
The disciples were on the boat, possibly wondering when Jesus would meet up with them again. They were most likely discussing the miracle He had just performed before sending them out to sea. The “crowd” mentioned in the above verses was a crowd of 5,000. Jesus had just fed all of the 5,000 with a mere five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14:13-21). They were probably praising Him and God the Father for this miracle they had just witnessed.
Then Jesus came to them, walking on the water and Peter asked to come out to Him.
This account has taught me a number of things about Jesus over the years, and Peter as well. But this week, I think I have discovered a new hidden parable for this modern world in which we live.
Again I’m not a college-degreed Bible theologian, but I will present you this new lesson I feel can be learned from this. The boat could represent the Church. Not just my church, or your church or the church down the street from your house, but the Church as a whole. The church, with us believers in tow, makes its way through the choppy, buffeting waters. Again, the water represents the world around us – around the church.
We, the boat’s crew, or church members, get in our boat every Sunday, have a lesson or discussion about the Bible (Sunday school) and then come together for music, praise, prayer and a message. We feel safe in the boat. We know people in the boat. We are comfortable in the boat. There’s usually even a time period when we walk around the boat and shake hands with other crew members we haven’t seen since last week’s boating adventure. Some of us even venture to say, “Amen,” during the message the pastor is sharing, while others are brave enough to send a hand upward in praise during a spiritually touching song.
But would we ever dare to step out of the boat? We share our faith with an upstretched hand while at church, but do we have the courage to praise Him outside those walls? Would we dare say “Amen” once those doors are shut and the “day” doesn’t start with “Sun”?
So I will once again pose the question: Who is Peter? I am Peter! You are Peter! Jesus wants us all to be Peter. He wants us all to have the courage to say, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
Don’t get me wrong, God loves it when we go to church regularly, and I wouldn’t dare tell anyone not to. It is the place where we gather together to worship Him; to pray together and to learn about God together. It’s the place where we share with the crew what God is doing in our individual lives. It is also the place where we find our strength – where we can find our courage – to stand up in the world and tell someone about what God has done for us. God wants us to have that fellowship with one another.
God puts us in the lives of people who need to know Him, and man, they’re sinking in the world – or water. He wants us to help those people up out of the water, so that they can join us on our walk. He has already given us redemption, and is continually granting us His forgiveness. He just wants us to take hold of His courage and ask to come join Him on the water; to join Him on the shifting waters of the world; to join Him in the mission field all around us and all around the church.
He will give us the courage, strength and the words to speak to those around us. All we have to do is ask Him and to trust in Him, and He will guide us. He has the power to help our lost and sinking friends and family members up out of the rough waters just by sticking out His loving hand.
And just as I pointed out in the earlier writing; just as He rescued Peter; just as He rescued and saved each of us Christians; just as it states in the scripture above: He will forgive, and pull those around us up out of their sin, “Immediately!”
Father God, We pray that our lives will serve You as a constant reflection of Your love and forgiveness; Your saving grace and Your light. Please give us the strength and understanding to recognize the opportunities You give us to share Your light, love, grace and forgiveness with others. But most importantly, give us the courage to act on each-and-every one of those opportunities. We love You and thank You for everything You have blessed us with and we want to serve You by telling those in our lives who don’t know You, exactly how wonderful You have always been for all of us. Amen!

Jeremy’z Journey: Staring up from the abyss

“When you stare persistently into an abyss, the abyss also stares into you” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
Nietzsche, a 19th-century philosopher was widely known as a critic of Judeo-Christian morality, as well as religion in general. However, I find this quote astoundingly true to us modern-day humans, with more weight to us Christians. It is relevant to us, because we, by the grace of God and redemption given through Christ, have stared into the abyss of Hell and were rescued.
I had heard this statement many times before learning of its origin. I’m sure my interpretation would not delight this Earthly logician, but I believe all of us believers can benefit from this – and possibly only this one—observation of Nietzsche.
I spoke with someone recently who felt so overwhelmed by their current plight, that in tears, they echoed the above quote to me. I couldn’t help but agree. I told this person the reason she couldn’t see a way out was because she was staring into the abyss and being consumed by it and the problem before her. Sometimes we need to look up to find the light.
As I tried to help by pointing out that with prayer, a quick breath and looking at the obstacle step-by-step, a solution out of the darkness could be seen. Then it dawned on me that we all – all of us Christians – have stared at the abyss, and saw it staring back at us. The only safety from the abyss comes from God.
Sure, there are those times when it feels like our bills, our jobs, our kids, or our lives as a whole can’t possibly get any worse. Just when you think you can see over the edge, something else goes awry and pulls you right back down. But as Christians, we know that the deepest of chasms of this world is just a small drainage ditch compared to the void of life Jesus Christ has saved us from. So how do we know that we can make it through the rift? It’s as simple as a kids’ song: “The Bible tells me so.”
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it,” – 1 Corinthians 1:13 (New International Version).
My fellow humans believe this: He is NOT the source of our temptation. God does not bring troubles upon us, regardless of those around us who look up and curse Him when a new problem arises.
“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed,” – James 1:13 (NIV).
God is not the source of our trials, but He does allow us to be tried, and as the verses above explain, He will help us if we rely on Him.
There are those around us who can’t seem to escape the holes of this world, because they haven’t experienced salvation from the eternal hollow place. They stare into the chasm and it stares back at them. They don’t know that God can and will help them out of every situation. But from my personal experience – and watching others near to me – I know, that the above quote isn’t consistently true. Staring into the abyss is only the beginning of being consumed by it.
When you travel down a path, as I once did, on which you begin to make one wrong decision after another – along with continuing the same mistakes over and over – you no longer see the abyss in front of you. You see it all around you. The abyss isn’t staring at you any longer, because you are inside it. It is already staring at someone else – the next person who has begun staring into it. And so, the farther away from the truth you get the more mistaken you become.
As Christians, it is our responsibility to shine God’s love through us. Just as the moon is a reflection of the sun, we are to reflect God’s light to those around us who are being consumed by the abyss, as well as those who are beginning to stare into it. It is our duty to live a life that allows God to shine through us so that others can see the light, shining to them and showing them the way out.
Jesus himself told the people who led us out, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you,” – John 15:12.
We, the believers in Christ, saw that love in someone who was near us and that love spread to us. Some unbelievers think that we Christians think we are somehow “better” than them. Truth is, us believers, we’ve all been there where you are– stuck on a road to Hell. But someone prayed for us. Someone showed us God’s love and we were able to see His light and be rescued from Hell.
I recently heard a substitute preacherman point out something obvious that we don’t often think about. Kids say, “I want to be a professional baseball player.” Another says, “I want to be an astronaut.” While another puts her hand on her hip, tilts her body just right and announces, “I’m gonna be a pop star.”
If those children aren’t encouraged to pick up a bat; if they never crack a science book or if they never practice an instrument or learn how to sing, then they can’t really wonder why those dreams were never achieved.
I hear adults all the time saying we need to pray for the lost – those who do not know Jesus Christ and the free forgiveness He offers. Tis true, we do need to pray for them and lift them up to God. But that isn’t where the work ends. We have to shine them to God’s path out of the darkness.
If you don’t believe in God and you’ve read this far, please continue.
I’m not saying it’s always simple and easy with God. I’m not saying that you can pray and then everything is instantly taken care of – there are consequences to living a life of sin. Receiving forgiveness through sincere prayer will immediately put you on the right track. But sometimes it takes time to get past the mistakes of the wrong track when you’ve traveled it for so long. But once God puts you on His footpath for your life, it becomes increasingly easier to see the way in front of you. So don’t give up when a problem persists; don’t give in when tempted. He will show you the way you are supposed to go – the way out of the abyss, a.k.a., the way out of Hell.
Father God, we thank You for saving us and we thank You for the people You placed in our lives who shined Your light while we were staring up from the abyss. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to lead others to you and out of the void. We pray that our reflection of You is bright and unwavering to them. We pray that You will open the hearts of those in our lives who need to know You. You have placed us in their lives to help guide them to you and we thank you for that. We pray that you will give us the courage and words to speak to them that will shine Your light to them. Give us the courage to follow You completely and do Your work. Amen!

Jeremy’z Journey: Recycling saves the planet, but does nothing for souls living on it

We have this wonderful green container at our house that was recently provided by the city. Free of charge, this green waste container is bigger, has better wheels, a nice metal handle, an attached lid that has no problem staying closed and is meant to hold our household recyclables. This can is a lot nicer than any refuse receptacle I’ve ever purchased to sit outside my house.
All I had to do was fill out a piece of paper and sign my name, and now, we get our recyclables picked up from the curb one day a week, just the same as the city picks up our trash. Now, I’ve become a near-model Earthling, separating household garbage into paper/cardboard, plastic, metal and glass.
The kids have become very excited about helping out, too. However, they usually drop everything into the regular kitchen trash can – which because of some sort of “global conscience” I dig through like a foraging squirrel or stray cat to put each piece into its appropriate grocery bag hanging right beside the can. Oh, they’re learning which one what trash goes into, but they are more excited by the luxurious green can sitting outside. When a bag gets full in the kitchen, my oldest boy exclaims, “I’ll take that to the recycler for ya, dad!” Apparently, it is the most thrilling thing in the world to him to save the planet by simply tossing a bagful of recyclables into this enormous green can.
The can isn’t the only thing green going on around us. We can now purchase “green”, “environmentally-friendly” products, making additional efforts to save the world. Saving it for the “next generation” they say. Products made from “all-natural” ingredients, not those old manmade chemicals, set on every store shelf.
As I traveled this can to the edge of the driveway the other morning, God gave me a thought about this so-called simple effort to save the world: We separate trash, dig through trash, make every effort to make sure paper, plastic, metal and glass don’t get thrown in the trash, get our kids involved recycling trash and take the recycling to the necessary place to be processed. We spend more of our personal time handling our trash according to our cultural and environmental wishes, than we do sharing Jesus Christ with those who need Him most.
That’s right! I’m comparing recycling to witnessing. Don’t get me wrong, recycling – I believe – is good for our planet. But what does it do for the souls living on our planet? I proudly wave to passerby-drivers as I roll my “I’m an Earth conscience American” trash to the end of the drive. But when was the last time I shared what Christ has done in my life with someone in my life who needs Him in theirs?
During His ministry on Earth, Jesus said, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Matthew 16:26 (New International Version).
This was a seriously profound thought, I thought. What good does it do me, if I could recycle everything in the world that can be recycled, If I don’t have Jesus? What good does it do my children if I spend more time scavenging through trash than I spend teaching them and praying with them? What good is it if instead of sharing my experiences of Jesus’ love and forgiveness, I just roll on by someone who is hurting and in need to make sure my can is in the right spot?
It made me wonder, what other things do I put in front of sharing God’s perfect salvation with the people He has put in my life? Even if I’m not speaking about Christ, what do people see when they look at me? Do they think of the sins they have witnessed me committing over the years of my life? Or do they see Christ? Do they see that He has forgiven my sins and helped me to turn my life away from those sins?
I hope and pray that people see the latter of those questions. To those who have known me over the years, and known the life I used to lead: You should know that God has changed me; He has forgiven me of my past, and He is working in my life to make me the man I should be – the man He wants me to be.
God can do the same for you – for all of you who have not accepted Jesus and His forgiveness. If you are weary, if you are weak, if you are worn, or if you just need to know that someone loves you, please know that Jesus Christ loves you. He loved you enough that He would leave His home with God to come to Earth, suffer ridicule, suffer through torture, suffer through death on a cross, all so that He could be resurrected and brought back to the right hand of His father, God. The one and only God. The one and only God who loves you enough that He would allow His Son to go through the horrific events listed in the gospels of the New Testament.
Again, I say, If you are weary, if you are weak, if you are worn, or if you just need to know that someone loves you, Jesus left you a message in His own words. It is just as significant to all of us today as it was when He said it.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” – Matthew 11:28-30.
As I wrote in my last writing, Jesus is standing there, asking you to “Come!” – Matthew 14:29. Just, “Come!”
The world, which must rely on recycling and Earth-friendly products to sustain itself will tell you that Jesus doesn’t make sense and that you will be fine on your own. Just do your part and throw it in the green can.
John, a disciple of Christ wrote, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:8, 9.
I swear it to you fellow and madam Earthmates, He has done this for me, and He wants to do this for you!
“Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound that saves a wretch like me.”
Most all of us have heard that song at least once in our lifetime. Well, I’m here to tell you: I’m the wretch that song is talking about.
Jesus forgave me of all of the bad, horrible and atrocious things I have done against Him. He also forgave me for what the world would say are, “little things.” It doesn’t matter if you consider your sin big or small, Jesus will forgive them all.
God, I hope and pray that you will place your spirit upon someone who has read this. I pray that you will give them the courage to call out to you, whether loudly or silently, to call on the name of Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Father, I pray that this ability you have given me to write words glorifies You, and You alone, and brings one of Your children back to your side. Amen!

Jeremy’z Journey: Experience again teaches me to rely on God

“Experience is a great teacher, but she sends in terrific bills” – Minna Thomas Antrim (1861-1950).
Those of you who have followed this writing from the beginning may recall the recent ranting about locks and why they are necessary from Lock your doors! But Why? (2/29/2012). But once again, I have learned that I have learned nothing about making sure that I don’t lock myself out of something.
Tis true that any one of us humans who owns a key, has undoubtedly locked ourselves out of the lock in which that key fits. Most often the car taunts us with the keys hanging in the ignition, seemingly laughing at us as we try to paw our way inside. As the famous quote above eludes, many of us have paid the “terrific bill” that comes with sharing the personal embarrassment of keeping the locksmith in business. After nearly an hour of trying our own tricks to get in, this “master of his trade” comes in and gains entry to our car in mere seconds.
For me, this time it was the house, not the truck that added unnecessary befuddlement to my morning. Well, it was the truck too, but we’ll get to that in a minute. It seems I had learned nothing about assuring that I have the keys before locking myself out, but I did manage to remember the most important lesson of life – stay calm and pray.
With two boys in tow, a diaper bag, shopping list as to not spend too much money, coupon box for the same reason, and wallet we were ready for a trip to the store. So I thought. As soon as I shut the front door, I realized that the keys were hanging two inches from the door – inside the house.
Oh, and did I mention that the sky was quickly becoming a looming gray with droplets of rain sure to follow. Panic ensued!
I began checking to see if maybe the backdoor had hopefully been left unlocked. As I did this, I made mental note of all the windows that were shut and locked from the inside. And as mentioned above, I couldn’t get in the truck either, because the source to open the truck door is on the same key ring, locked in the house.
With no toolbox unlocked, I began the well-known popular dance that has not made an appearance on any shimmying with public icons TV programs, aka “the credit-card shuffle.” With the two boys staring at me, wondering what the heck Dad was doing and why, I ruined what had been a perfectly useable grocery tiger discount card.
One of the boys asked what I was doing and when would we finally go to the store, and I remembered the biggest lesson my life and experience has taught me – I took a deep breath and began to pray.
First I thanked God for everything He has given me, my family, my church and church family, my home and truck. Even though I couldn’t get into them, I know that many people don’t even have keys to lock themselves out of things that go along with keys. Then I asked God for the calmness I needed and for the ability to figure out what I needed to get back into the house. Yes, a selfish prayer. But God hears all of our prayers, regardless. Following this, I calmly began looking around for something to help me get in. Just as if God, “the master of His trade,” had laid it in my hand Himself, I found exactly what I needed to get us safely back inside. And this all happened just before the sprinkles started, too.
I started thinking about what I would learn from this experience. First, I thought: I made it back into the house, I will get a spare and hide-a-key box to place somewhere outside to make sure that I was never locked out again. Then God’s message came to me: It had been locked up like an impenetrable fortress, just as I had once locked my own heart from allowing God inside. But He got into my heart anyway!
There were consequences for locking myself out, just as there are consequences for not allowing Jesus to be Lord of our lives, as well as our savior. For one, there was the purchase of the hide-a-key and spare key to go in it. These little items I bought are magnetized inside my house. I look at it every day and think, “That might help me get in, if only I would place it outside the house.” Also, I had to replace the lock and doorknob, which aren’t cheap little purchases when you’re not planning on replacing them.
But the consequences of not allowing God to penetrate our hearts and lives are far greater than the cost of a new lock. I know that personally, because I wasted years of my life trying to be in control and live my way, only to discover that I had made many mistakes with costs I couldn’t have fathomed before committing them. But I ended up right where I should’ve been the whole time – at the foot of the Cross.
At the foot of the Cross is Jesus’ blood which brings forgiveness of sin; His redemption from the life and mistakes I’ve made; correction for my past thoughts, actions and ways. All of those things and more are there for all of us. Those things are there for you.
I had closed my heart like a book, or sealed it shut as a locked house. Many of us do. Obviously we try to keep weather, natural disasters, thieves and other unwanted guests from breaching our homes. But unfortunately, many of us put up the same barriers against Jesus Christ. We all, even Christians, have blockaded Him from having full reign of our lives.
Following Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples many times.
Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and my hand into His side, I will not believe it” – John 20:24, 25 (New International Version).
Thomas, just like we do, had built up hurdles that kept him from fully believing in Christ’s resurrection. The only way Thomas could overcome his obstacle was to see Jesus with his own eyes and touch Him with his own hands.
Regrettably, some of us humans are still that way today. We can’t give in and believe in what we can’t see – what can’t be explained with Earthly wisdom. Thomas was a locked house – an impenetrable heart. Are you a locked house? Do you have an impenetrable heart?
A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”—John 20:26 – 28.
We build up our defenses and try to keep Him out, but Jesus can penetrate our hearts; He can break through our barriers. He can unlock our locks and unblock our obstacles. Jesus can open our hearts and read its pages.
He wants to be in all of our hearts; in all of our houses.
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen me yet have believed.”
Father God, I ask you to help us all to believe and then to see! Amen!