One more step…a promise and a prayer!
In the season leading up to Easter, we usually talk about the various aspects of our Christian faith as a way of re-examining our own lives. There is so much about our faith that is beautiful and comforting and reassuring. To know that the very light that surrounds us is a sign of God’s love constantly filling the darkness of our own lives with mercy and hope, gives us comfort. To believe that Jesus gave his life for us so that we can find new life is humbling and moving. To hold onto the hope that God is working behind the scenes to transform us all into people of compassion, where justice and full life is the hope for all on this Earth is encouraging, especially in the midst of the struggle that everyday life can be.
Most people can accept that Jesus was born. And that Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross. But when it comes to Easter, it’s a different matter altogether. Even many who have identified themselves as Christians all their lives have a hard time really embracing faith in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. That means Jesus was dead. He was really dead. He was so dead that he was buried. And somehow he was raised to life.
It’s one of those aspects of the Christian faith that moves us beyond the normal realm of our experience. For most of us, we live our lives based on what we can see and touch, or make happen. But the good news of Easter is that God does not operate within the limits of what we can see! Easter faith in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, points us in hope to the possibility that God really is working behind the scenes to make all things new. That sounds attractive, but it’s still not easy, for us to hold on to, especially in the midst of our own battles. It feels like a huge leap of faith.
As Easter day approaches and we stride into the Spring time of 2019, we will see signs of new life and hope all around us, bulbs that we buried will break through the ground, we will long for situations in our own lives and life of the world to burst forth with hope, for us and the generations to come.
The bible, says this about God and his plans for each one of us…even when we are facing trials and change and fear…
‘ For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.’
When we don’t know what to believe and are struggling to find hope, we can still pray. Prayer is not a stride or leap into faith…it is one step into knowing that God is with you.
The poem, Footprints in the Sand, is not directly from the Bible. There are verses in the Bible that could have inspired it, but there are none that have the exact wording.
The poem is about a person who needed help during times of struggle but only saw one set of footprints during those times. They felt alone, but the reason for the one set of footprints was that they were being carried during those hard times…it is a perfect way to ask God show you where he has been in your life and how he will be with you in the days to come… perhaps this could be your prayer and promise for a new faith and hope, in God… as our churches celebrate Easter 2019. Why not come and take a first step of faith with us this Easter…or renew the faith that has been lost… Rev Leisa
The Footprints Prayer
One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints.I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you. Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.”