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A Spiritual Autobiography
How God fulfilled the faith-based hopes
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In The Cold Of Winter, Experience The Warmth Of Jesus
Some of you know that I can’t stand cold weather. I guess I was spoiled many years ago when the U.S.Navy gave me some free cruises to sunny and warm Mediterranean ports each winter. But most of my life I’ve spent winter in New Jersey,where the weather is cold, cloudy, and snowy. According to the calendar winter has just ended. Now it’s spring. The problem is that except for one day last week, it still feels like winter. It’s cold out there. And when I woke up this morning there was a coating of snow on the ground.
It seems that winter doesn’t want to leave this part of the world. So I’m praying that God will give me the patience to wait for warm spring weather. I’m also getting ready for Easter Sunday, April 5. On that day the weather might still feel like winter, but the message of Easter is that there is something I never have to wait for. And that is the warm presence of Jesus. The same warm presence that those two people felt on the first Easter on the road to Emmaus. You can read about it in the Bible (Luke 24:32a), where one of them says, “…
Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road?”
Those who don’t know better might think those two were saying that Jesus gave them heartburn. But of course they are talking about that warm feeling that comes when you experience the presence of Jesus, who is present with us through the Holy Spirit, who is visualized at Pentecost as “…tongues of fire…” (Acts 2:3). Get near a fire and you get to feel physically warm. Get near Jesus and you get to feel spiritually warm.
Yes, I’m patiently waiting for warm weather. But at the same time I’m also thanking God for the resurrection of Jesus and the opportunity to experience the warmth off Jesus’ presence through the Holy Spirit. I’m also thanking God for giving me the opportunity to share the warmth of Jesus to you and others, close by and anywhere in the world, anytime, regardless of what the weather happens to be.
Grace and peace, Ray
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