Lord I seek you this morning as my source of love, grace and mercy.
“I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering. For even when we came into Macedonia, our body had no rest at all, but we were troubled in every way - struggles from the outside, fears from within.” (2 Corinthians 7:4-5)
This morning I pray over our brothers and sister in Christ in Sri Lanka who’s Easter services that started out in joy ended in horror when bombs went off in their churches. Almost 300 Christians were killed and over 500 injured in the blasts. What started out as a morning of joy became on of sadness. And they were all sons and daughters, grandparents and grandchildren, spouses and friends, neighbors and co-workers so those affected by these blasts is multiplied. Jesus, you remind me this morning that there is not the “persecuted” church over seas and the “un persecuted” church over here, there is just The Church. Your prayer to the Father for us as the church and the family of God was, “So that they may be one just as we are one.” (John 17:11). This, morning, the day after shouting loudly “Alleluia!” on the mountain top of Easter I climb back down into the valley and back down on my knees in prayer and mourning with my family in Sri Lanka. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.
Jesus, you remind me as I watch the news that we are all connected. Your salvation was not simply focused on me and love for me, but was one of global focus and love, “For this is the way God loved the world” (John 3:16). You remind me that my salvation I live out today, my holiness is a social holiness, that we are connected, and I cant rejoice completely in my salvation while my brothers and sisters are suffering around the world, and in my communities. Lord help strive to restore and live out the complete joy of my salvation by helping those who are suffering in theirs, or have not yet entered into a saving relationship with Christ.
My family, I pray today the global implications of Easters because “For God so loved the world” reminds you of your connectedness with your brothers and sisters in Christ around the world and in your community. I pray your prayers expand today the global, The Church to which we are all called to be one with, In Jesus’ name. Please pray the same for me. God Bless you my friends!
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