For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.
Earlier this week, a young man from our small town here in Michigan committed suicide. He was only 28 years old and had been married for just over a year. He had a good job and seemed to have it all together. I knew this young man from my previous job. We had associations with him and his dad. Although I did not know him and his family socially, I have been deeply affected by his suicide.
What makes a young man think that it is better to die than to live? What does Satan put into a young man’s mind to get him to commit suicide?
How do you console someone who has lost a family member to suicide? I ask because I really do not know. I feel so badly for the family. What must they be going through? It is one thing to lose a child, but to suicide?
Romans 8:28 says “All things work for the good of those who love God.” Hopefully some kind of good can come from this.
As usual, Easter has snuck up on me. It is almost here. Every year I have high hopes about making Holy Week spiritually meaningful for me and my family. Yet every year life seems to get in the way. Easter is the basis of our faith. Without Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have no hope. So I am looking forward to doing some activities with the kids this week to make it meaningful for all of us.
Today I am spending my first day home without children (or my husband) planning activities for the week. Now …if I can only make it happen!
Here is the plan:
Read Jesus’ Passion from the Gospels
Do Resurrection eggs. I am going to make my own set of resurrection eggs. I think we will do 2 eggs each night during our evening devotion. Hopefully next year I can get a copy of “Benjamin’s Box” to go along with it
Dye Easter eggs
Make the empty tomb planter. My friend Sue sent me this project and it looks awesome. The grass won’t be very tall before Easter, but the kids will get the picture when they’re on spring break next week. Hopefully this will help us focus on new life and new starts.
Watch the Jesus movie for children. My children know the story of Jesus’ life pretty well, but I think this film will make it become real for them. You can watch it for free at jesusfilm.org.
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you…If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.”
Jesus hits the nail right on the head, doesn’t he? How easy it is to love those that we like; people who love us. How much harder to love those who are mean to us, who talk behind our backs, who seem to have it out for us.
Help me to love all your children, especially those that are hard for me to love. Help me to be an example for my children, and to learn from them how to love others. Help me not to judge others and to give as you have given to me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Lord, as you led Moses and the Israelites for some 40 years in the desert, lead me in the path you would have me go. Help me be a light for you in this dark world. Help me to love others as you love me.