Happy Easter, Everyone! I hope that the Easter Bunny was considered an “essential worker” in your town! This is the strangest Easter I’ve ever had. No “Easter outfit with new shoes,” no gathering with my church family, and no Easter egg hunts (It’s going to storm here all day.). But I love my country and the Bible tells us to “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” (I Peter 2:13-15) So therefore, today I worship online. I have found it so encouraging to see so many congregations who are holding worship services online. I’ve enjoyed hearing sermons and classes. I may have to STAY home, but I can PRAY for all.
When I taught children’s Bible classes, I would teach them how to “pray on the hands,” and I still use it today. The “thumb” represents those closest to you – your family, your friends, and situations close to home. The “pointer finger” represents those who are pointing your way to God – the elders and deacons, the preacher, Bible class teachers and other members of the church. The “tall finger” represents those that have the rule over you – the President, Congress, Governors, Mayors, bosses, supervisors. . .The “ring finger” is generally weaker than the other fingers and it represents praying for those who are weak – the sick, those anticipating or recovering from surgery, the elderly who are confined at home all of the time, the sad, the lonely, those that are homeless and hungry. . . The “pinkie finger” represents the “small stuff” – the things that are needed, but we find when something happens are just “things,” like shelter, clothing, food, . . . If you pray on your hands, you cover the basics!
Yes, we’re going to “miss out” on some “normal” activities today, but it’s still Sunday, the first day of the week – the Lord’s Day. May we never forget the sacrifice that He made for us. May we worship in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24), with the right actions and the right attitude. Dear Friends, God has been so good to us. We are all simply blessed, Courtney