Slow but sure, spring is finally coming to southwest Michigan. The grass is green and starting to grow again. Flowing plants are starting to emerge. I saw crocuses last week, without snow on them! There is an abundance of activity among the birds outside and our finches are returning. My favorite finches are the American Gold and Rosy Breasted that we have. I didn't have my camera, so you will have to picture this yourself. Some tiny finches were carrying long pieces of straw into a bird house we put up on a tree this past fall. It was so funny to see a tiny 3-inch bird flying up there with 12-inch pieces of dried grass and poking them into an inch and a half hole.
Another sign of new life is the joy that comes from knowing Jesus is Risen! This past week I have meditated on what it cost Jesus to pay for the penalty of my sin. What great love He has for you and me! But He didn't die and end the story there. Oh no, that was really just the beginning, at least for you and me. Tomorrow morning we will be going to the 7:30 (not quite sunrise) service to celebrate RESURRECTION DAY! It is supposed to be sunny and 72 degrees in Grand Rapids. That will make it seem like the whole earth is rejoicing, as indeed it must be that the Creator is indeed alive. Because He lives, we can live forever as well. Because He lives, death is defeated. Because He lives, sin and death no longer have control over me. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, Jesus Christ now lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Happy Resurrection Day to you! If you want to know more about faith in Jesus, please feel welcome to ask me.
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