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Laity Reflection: Continue as Easter People

April 5, 2013
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This week’s news article was harder than usual to write.  I had too many things I wanted to write about.  Some will just have to wait for another time, but the blessings of Easter are too fresh to ignore. First I’d like to invite you to notice the “Imagine No Malaria” posters around Gladbrook and other communities.  In helping to eradicate this disease that kills a child every 45 seconds, we are following in the disciples’ footsteps.  Luke 9:6 says, “So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people.” We are fortunate that malaria is not a problem in this country as it once was, but God’s children in other countries are not as fortunate.  Please consider giving to this life-saving effort to provide safe nets to protect families and medicine & training to help those who already have the disease.  You can give through any United Methodist Church or bring your donation to Gifts of Grace. Notice that healing is not the only thing the disciples did as they went through the countryside.  As a matter of fact it probably wasn’t the most important thing they did!  They were proclaiming the Good News.  That’s where the Easter blessings fit into our calling. In John Piper’s message on the website: desiringGod.org, he talks about Easter’s good news.  “And the news is this:  Christ, the Son of God, died in our place—-became our substitute—-to pay the price for all our sins, and to accomplish perfect righteousness, and to endure and remove all of God’s wrath, and rise from the dead triumphant over death for our eternal life and joy in his presence—-and all of this offered freely through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.  That’s the good news.  To this day two thousand years later, it remains the greatest news in the world.  And there are millions (near and far) who do not know this news.” It is not just the physical illness in this world that needs to be healed, but the very saving of lives for eternity through hearing the word of God spoken and read.  If we know God’s love in our lives, then we read First John 3:16-18 with new understanding. It says, “By this we know live, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” When God’s love is in us, we do practical things for people in need, (like helping to eradicate malaria) as well as speak the gospel.  We will help, even if it is very costly or means giving up something we might want.  When we receive God’s love it becomes our love as we are born again. We recognize everything comes from God and belongs to God.  We can show lavish generosity because we trust God to take care of our needs.  When we belong to God, we are his children.  We have his nature and his love flows in us and through us. For the rest of our lives, we are Easter blessed.  Let’s go and proclaim the Good News.  Let’s love others with God’s generous, sacrificial love from within! Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. - 1 John 4:7   Carolyn Moe Graduate, School for Lay Ministry
 
 

 

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