Sunday, April 20, 2014

Headline News

As I listened to a national news network this week, I heard a familiar voice.  I turned to view local news anchor from the community and church we use to live in.  He was reporting bad news.

Saturday we took our long walk around the trails.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  Birds were singing geese were honking at the babies and laughter rang all around.  Children both young and not so young were visiting, celebrating hiding eggs and other activities.  They were sweet and comforting sounds.

Back at the house, Dan unfolded his newspaper. Our usual conversation followed.  “Is there any good news yet?” I ask.  “Not yet”, he replies.

Friends are scheduled to leave for Ukraine Easter Sunday.  Plans have already been changed due to the military conflicts.  We wait, watch and pray for them and the people of Ukraine as they depart.

We pray and anxiously await news from our friends from Nigeria.  A report of the murders of Christians is alarming and heartbreaking.

 reuters news service photo

Conflicts surrounding Israel is ever present.  We must remember to pray and support this nation.  If Israel fails, so does America. We pray that America once again will be a nation under God, one of prosperity and respect.

After Bible study this morning we headed to the Men’s Mission to serve lunch.  We did not attend our church worship service.  But, serving Easter meals and the message of Good News, IS church!

As it turns out, serving these families was both personally humbling and worshipful.  I have a deeper respect and admiration for those like my husband who serve them daily.  It was almost too overwhelming for me.  I fought tears more than once.

Like all things there is a stereotyped homeless.  True there are those suffering from mental illnesses and addictions.  There are also families with young children due to varied circumstances find themselves in dire straights.  It is only but by the Grace of God there go us! We are His hands and feet.

There is very little good news in the headlines of the world.  Thankfully we do have THE GOOD NEWS.  Friday came with pain and suffering. Today Easter has arrived with the joy of new hope for the world.  Christ has risen from the dead. This is indeed good headline news!

The Jackson household extends our love and wishes for a blessed and worshipful Easter!

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” Whom are you seeking:  Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!”  She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!”

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