“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” John 6:35-37
This past week Billy Graham began living one hundred years and I am always reminded of something words of wisdom that he shared with us; “Jesus Christ comes to us every day in the form of Bibles that we do not open or in the form of Churches that we do not attend and also in the form of human need that we pass by.” Quite often our world is numb to seeing Jesus in the forms that Billy mentioned but then we see our Savior coming to us through the smiles of these Haitian children or encouraging words from people like you or me. These young souls don’t speak your language but their smiles share the love of Jesus, their Savior. After you read this and hit delete the message is over; this moment in time and day will never come again. Be a blessing or a friend to somebody today. Encourage someone with your words today and take the time to care and show compassion. Let your words heal and not be divisive. I am closing today with the words from the hymn “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say’ that were written by Horatius Bonar in 1846.
“I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto Me and rest; lay down, thou weary one, lay down, thy head upon My breast." I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad; I found in Him a resting-place, and He has made me glad. I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Behold, I freely give the living water; thirsty one, stoop down and drink and live." I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream. My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him. I heard the voice of Jesus say, "I am this dark world's Light. Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise and all thy day be bright." I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my Star, my Sun; and in that Light of Life I'll walk till traveling days are done.”
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay