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Would you believe today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lent season for 2011, and Easter is right around the corner! Lent is similar to Advent for it can be a wonderful time to teach our kids and grandkids about the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and Savior as well as giving us an opportunity to think and meditate on the wonderful gift of salvation from our Holy God. I love to use our Resurrection Easter eggs to help teach my grandkids the story – visually and orally, as well as looking for other creative ways to share this sweet message.
Floss from Troc Broc and Recup is again hosting A Pause in Lent and I thought it would be a nice focus for Word-Filled Wednesday for the next few weeks. I'll be looking for encouraging Bible verses for children – that would also make nice memory verses for them and us – along with cute pictures and clipart to offer another way to help us share these truths visually with our grandchildren. Join us, won't you. 🙂
Joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
I love this whole passage from Colossians 1:13-16. But what really stands out to me on this first day of Lent is what this clearly states about God's beloved Son, Jesus – that BY Him THROUGH Him and FOR Him, ALL things have been created. As Genesis 1:1 tells us, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (KJV)
This passage is just as clear in the King James Version, "His dear Son [Jesus]…For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist ."
These encouraging Bible verses are such an important reminder to all of us that Jesus is GOD, and that GOD loved us so much He sacrificed tremendously to come to earth as a human, suffer and die for us, rise again and ascend into heaven in power and great glory. What a joy to ponder that concept! What a joy to share it with our children and our grandchildren!
I pray you will be blessed knowing that God, Who created everything, loves you so preciously and intimately. And that no matter what is going on in your Sandwich Generation family as you are dealing with the issues of caring for your elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren, often including trials and tribulations, that IN HIM ALL things hold together. 🙂