I thank you, O Jesus, for the times when I have been down-hearted and sad, wondering if ever I would pull through and you have lifted my spirits with something to laugh at, or some unexpected joy to replace my heavy heart. Thank you, Lord, for love, for laughter, for beauty, for hope and for little triumphs. Keep me joyful. In Christ – AMEN.
Thank you, O Lord for the beautiful memories that pictures keep alive. Thank you for those snapshots of my childhood and the family from which I came. Thank you for wedding photographs bringing back the wonder of romance and love – the most beautiful day of all in my life. Help me to relive the beauty. In Christ’s name – AMEN.
Lord, I rejoice today in some of the beauties of the nature you have created round about us. I thank you for the glow of the rising sun in the morning and the warmth it gives, for the beauty of a glorious sunset, the songs of birds, the rich colours of flowers and the awesome strength of mighty trees. Glory, all glory to you, O God. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 6:5 NIV
Those disciples of Jesus who experience the fruit of the Holy Spirit have a deep, strong, faith. They are not shaken or rattled by passing events. They are not disturbed or distressed by problems. They are not filled with fear by fiascos or frustrations. They are not put off by temporary difficulties or misfortunes. They trust God. Utterly. Completely. Always. Unfalteringly and unflinchingly. They are not swayed by doubts or undermined by superficial opinions or wishy-washy ideas. They build on the rock and not on the sand. Their eyes are fixed on Jesus.
That’s the sort of man Stephen was. Strong and immovable. That’s why the opponents of the Christian faith killed him. He died with faith and peace the hallmarks of his life.
The peace these serene disciples know is born of their obedience to Christ. They gladly abandon themselves to his will whatever the outcome might be. Sometimes when unthinkable trouble strikes them or sorrow smashes into them they may hesitate momentarily. Then they say, “That doesn’t matter, God is still on the throne and he will remember his own”. Come what may, God’s will and purpose are supreme. Deep down in their consciousness there are other realities beyond the ups and downs and passing alarms of everyday life. The supreme reality for them is the love of God which created and now holds the universe in place. When they look to the past they thank God for guidance and help. When they look to the future they look in hope. Their hope overflows and infects others. In all circumstances they are the epitome of calmness. Like Stephen they are full of the Holy Spirit. He gives them peace.
Trust God too.
Lord, let me experience deep peace.
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