Reflections and Inspiration from Maple Grove
June 21, 2020
"And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest'" (Matthew 9:35-38).
Disease. Affliction. Harassed. Helpless. It sounds very much like our world today. Jesus had compassion then, and He has compassion now. He is our Good Shepherd, our Living Savior who is very much present and at work in our lives. He loves us and wants us to rely on Him and trust Him. He wants us to show and tell others about His "gospel of the kingdom."
It has been fourteen weeks since the stay-at-home order was given. I had decided at the onset to journal my reflections each week. We have re-entered society. Today was the first time since this Coronavirus shutdown began that we could go to church in person to worship our Living Savior with our brothers and sisters in Christ and receive His gifts of grace. What a glorious day it is! With this writing, I am going to close this journal. If you are reading this, I pray that you are a disciple of Jesus. If not, I pray that you will receive His free gift of eternal life now and forever and follow Him.
Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations, Son of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forever more be Thine! Jesus, You are mercifully compassionate and loving. You willingly laid down your life as an exchange of our sins for your righteousness. You offer eternal life to all who believe in You. Thank you for redeeming me and giving me a living hope. I earnestly pray You will send many laborers into your harvest field to spread your Gospel to all, that You may heal them. Here am I, Lord, send me. In your name and to your glory, Amen.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Salad
June 14, 2020 - Re-Entering Society
June 7, 2020 - Sheltering in Place
May 31, 2020 - All the Colors of the Rainbow
May 24, 2020 - Growing Vertically and Horizontally
May 17, 2020 - God Bless America
May 10, 2020 - Cleaning and Repairing Cluckingham Palace
May 3, 2020 - Be a Child
April 26, 2020 - Serve a Very Cheery Pie
April 19, 2020 - Waiting and Waiting
April 12, 2020 - Planting for New Growth
April 5, 2020 - The Grass is Always Greener
March 29, 2020 - Stay at Home
March 22, 2020 - Look Beyond the Challenge
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