A Church with a Heart for our Community

June 17th Wednesday

Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour…and so much more! What a beautiful late Spring morning – and what a privilege to “rejoice and be glad in this day that God made for us!” It is time to ask a few questions: who are three people that you thank God for? what three little blessings are you thankful for? what “grace-gift” would you tell someone about? what are the desires of your heart? are you enjoying your relationship with God?  Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to release healing and refreshment and peace beyond description and laughter that re-calibrates your thinking.

This morning I received a Facebook message with a photograph of my brother-in-law. He recently passed away and his daughter had posted about the “intimate committal service” and the plans for a gathering to remember when it was permissible. The picture showed a man with a big smile and playing cards…great memory of family times from the past. Now, I know I wrote about the importance of gathering ‘memories’ but God reminded me in my morning readings that we have problems with memories…we have a bad habit of remembering what we should forget and forgetting what we should remember. Okay, just think about that for a moment or two.

Interestingly enough, the very next reading I looked at quoted a verse of Scripture: But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the I said to you. – (John 14:26 NASB). Amazing – one of the spiritual activities of the Holy Spirit is to help us “remember” … in this case words spoken by Jesus. However, I think the Holy Spirit’s ministry of “bringing to remembrance” extends beyond words spoken…and that is significant. How many times do you “remember” when in a conversation you “remembered” a word spoken by Jesus that truly fitted into what you were trying to express? How many times have you “remembered” something important – a date, an appointment, a name, a verse of Scripture … and usually said “something” reminded you. Aha! it wasn’t something but “someone” – Holy Spirit!

I am grateful for the times when Holy Spirit reminded me of something Jesus said at the exact moment in time, but I am equally grateful for the many, many times Holy Spirit reminded of other things…practical things that had necessary impact on my life. I am learning that these things don’t happen by chance or randomly…we get to  experience them by intentionally “hosting” the Holy Spirit in our lives. We ask for Father God to love us and we ask Jesus to be our Saviour – Healer – Warrior King…and we ask Holy Spirit to be our Helper – Reminder – Comforter – Counsellor.

Something to think about — have a blessed day!