Day: April 16, 2007

Isaac

My friends grandson Isaac was taken to the emergency room over the weekend because he was not feeling well.  When he got there, they determined that his blood-pressure was  high (even though he is just 11 years old), however they do not know why or what could be the cause of it.  They have conducted several tests and have ruled out numerous causes.  He is home now under close observation and will go back for more tests this week.

Lift up Isaac’s family in prayer asking God to give them both physical and spiritual strength to care for him.  Pray that God watch over Isaac and his doctors and give them the knowledge they need to find out the cause of the illness.  Let all the saints pray, “Jesus bore Isaac’s sickness and carried his pain, ttherefore, there is no place for sickness and pain in his body; for God sent His Word and has healed Isaac.” Psalm 107:20

Tragedy on Virginia Tech Campus

A graduate student took the lives of 32 people and wounded several more just before turning the gun on himself in a senseless killing on the Virginia Tech campus today.  Many of the wounded are in critical care, fighting for their lives.  Please remember the families and friends of the victims in your prayers this evening.  Ask God to give them peace as they mourn their loss.  Also keep the remaining students, families and staff in prayer that they may find the strength to move forward and that they not be bound by fear.  Let all the saints pray, “We bind the enemy and his plans to implant fear and cause chaos and harm.  We speak to the enemy and bind it’s power and demand he let go of our children, in the name of The One, who has already defeated him; Jesus Christ.  Amen

April 16th “Do this in remembrance of Me”

There were a lot of preparations for the passover meal on the evening that Jesus was arrested.  Jesus made all the arrangements and appointed his disciples to gather what was needed in addition to the location the meal would take place.  He orchestrated everything down to the smallest detail and the passover meal began with Jesus washing the feet of His disciples.

Matthew, Mark and Luke each tell of when Jesus took the bread, and gave thanks to God.  This bread was His body which would be given for us.  He told them to take it, and eat it; in remembrance of Him.  He then took the wine and gave thanks to God.  This was his blood; the new covenant which would be shed (poured out) for us.  He told them to drink it; in remembrance of Him. 

Jesus wasn’t asking them to give thanks to God and remember Him for that meal alone.  He was instructing them to give thanks to God every time they broke bread and to also remember Him.  As believers, we too are disciples of Christ and thus we are compelled to follow His instruction when we break bread.

This act of remembrance has taken on many forms throughout the centuries; as a child I was taught to say, “God is  great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food, Amen.”  Over the years I have taught my children to bless their food, give thanks to God, and I allow to them say their own special blessing.  Today when I break bread alone or with family and friends, I ask who would like to say the blessing and if I am in the company of others who do not observe this sacrament, I silently give thanks. 

I must say that I have noticed several “Christian” friends and acquaintances who do not give thanks unless it is Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter.  I used to wonder why more Christians did not observe the sacrament, or why they appeared to be uncomfortable giving thanks when in public and then it hit me; they were embarrassed to proclaim their beliefs in public!!!  We should NEVER be ashamed or embarrassed to show our faith in public.  Jesus said, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, so shall the Son of man be ashamed of them when He comes in His Father’s glory.” Mark 8:38

When you give thanks, it can be as short or long as you need it to be.  Your only requirement is to give thanks to God in remembrance of His Son, Jesus Christ each time you eat or drink.

God Bless.