Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Prayer and Thanksgiving on Easter Tuesday

I do not cease to give thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,
according to the working of his great might
that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead
and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
far above all rule and authority and power and dominion,
and above every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in the one to come.

Ephesians 1:16-21, ESV

Hallelujah! What a Savior! Crumbles, whatever faces you this week, may you find hope in knowing that the same power by which Christ was raised from the dead is at work toward us who believe. More than that, may the Father of glory enable you to know Him better. That will keep us going even when the "immeasurable greatness of His power" is veiled to our sight.

Thanks be to God for His kind gifts. His love endures forever!
~The Resurrection of Christ! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
~A lovely, energetic visit from our young neighbor, who played hide and seek with Ebony's bone and told me how Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again on Easter. When asked if she learned that in Sunday school, she said, "No, at dance class!"
~Her display of her frog hops down the length of my physical therapy mat
~Lovely fellowship again at ladies' Bible study, even though we were talking about the not-so-loverly book of Judges
~A huge sigh of relief this week in studying Ruth

~Empathy and hugs from my primary care physician at my annual "well" (ha!) check-up
~Waiting for test results
~Mezzo's success on oral exams
~First poem of 2013
~Easter worship and hymns
~"And then one day... I'll fight life's final war with pain" from "Because He Lives"
~Starbucks with my Amore after church

~Boisterous, happy family time Easter afternoon
~Three small pairs of cowboy boots

~Rain Easter morning
~Blue sky and sunshine Easter afternoon
~Dad's birthday cake for dessert
My mother's and her mother's coconut cake

~Lunch with Nonni and my parents Monday the real dessert
~First bluebonnet sightings of 2013 on the way
~Courage to travel across town for the day despite pain
~Easy supper afterward (Trader Joe's Chana Masala and whole-wheat naan, yum!)

~The life, writings, and example of the late Edith Schaeffer (also here: http://www.worldmag.com/2013/03/edith_schaeffer_1914_2013)
~An opportunity to meet her at a conference and have a book inscribed by her
~Her grace in kissing me on the cheek when I impulsively hugged her at that one and only meeting
~My first acupuncture appointment this Friday to see if Dr. Al can help me heal
(Still counting God's gifts, #9888-9912)

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