An Easter Poem to Encourage You

Photo Credit: Kirk Bell

 

Thought we’d share this poem, seen on Facebook, to encourage, uplift, and inspire you this Easter.  Enjoy!

How the Virus Stole Easter
By Kristi Bothur
With a nod to Dr. Seuss 😊

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.
People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.
As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.
People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.
April approached and churches were closed.
“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.
“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”
Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.
“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.
The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.
“Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.
“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.
“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.
And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.
But the sound wasn’t depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so!
But it grew with abundance!
The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!
Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!
It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzling and puzzling.
“Just how can it be?”
“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”
Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
And what happened then?
Well….the story’s not done.
What will YOU do?
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?
The churches are empty – but so is the tomb,
And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.
So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.
May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
But not only that –
Let it start a revival.

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The Holy Spirit Brings Truth to our Minds

The Holy Spirit…will be your teacher and will bring to your minds all that I have said to you.  — John 14:26

Listen to and sing UMH 393 Spirit of the Living God.  Try UMH 331 Holy Spirit, Come Confirm Us with music by nationally noted United Methodist organist, choir director, and composer V. Earle Copes who was born in Norfolk VA.  Copes was a Consultant on the 1966 UMH and 1999 UMH. Then go to TFWS 2142 Blessed Quietness and for a treat, type in Progressive Church – Blessed Quietness on YouTube.  The audio is hard to hear but the pace, energy, and rhythm are perfect.

     I’ve learned that one way God speaks through us is ideas.  God gives you thoughts.  He gives you suggestions.  God puts impressions and notions in your mind.  All these are meant to build you up into the person God intends for you and for the Kingdom.  When the devil talks to you, that is temptation.  When God talks to you in your mind, we call that inspiration.
      The Holy Spirit is our Teacher and Counselor.  The Spirit is like a personal life coach and so much more.  I have had coaches, counselors, mentors, and ministry coaches in my life and I gauge them all by the Perfect Teacher and Counselor.  I’m constantly asking God, “What’s next, God?  Holy Spirit, what do you want me to do?”  That’s a dangerous question, because God will always have something for you to do.
       Notice it says bring to your minds. I understand that to mean the Holy Spirit speaks directly to your mind.  I have never in my life heard God speak in an audible voice.  I guess God doesn’t need to go through my ears though I have heard God’s truth and love from others.  He goes directly to my mind.  His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we really are God’s children (Romans 8:16).
       I want to encourage you to stay in God’s word.  When you take the time to read, meditate, and fill your mind with God’s Word and God’s work, you are storing the truth and the story of the Trinity in your mind, and then the Holy Spirit can bring it to mind at just the right time.
       Our minds are filled with everything – constant updates on COVID-19 and the plethora of information on so many things.  Even every bad joke (which my kids always remind me).  It’s all in there.  You need to balance it with truth.  Then the Holy Spirit can bring God’s truth to mind, reveal that Blessed Quietness to you, and show you the way you should go.  Please know this:  Jesus is really here for you, for us.  He knows our need.  We really have access to a lot through the Holy Spirit. – Pastor Mike