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IT'S SPRING A TIME OF RENEWAL AND REBIRTH.

Let us take time to reflect upon God in Christ Jesus; how he came, he died and was raised again.

THE FLOWER

THE SEED IS CAST ONTO THE GROUND
IT MAKES NO NOISE, IT MAKES NO SOUND
IT SETTLES ITSELF INTO THE SOFT, MOIST EARTH
MOVING DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO THE DIRT

IT NUTURES ITSELF UPON THE SOIL
IT DOES NOT WORK, IT DOES NOT TOIL
BUT FEEDS UPON RAIN THAT OFTEN COMES
AND WARMS ITSELF WITH ABUNDANT SUN

AND WHEN IT HAS GROWN BEYOND ITS GRAIN
AND THE FRUIT THE SEED CAN NO LONGER CONTAIN
IT SEEKS TO BURST ITS HUMBLE SHELL
AND STARTS TO GROW AND STARTS TO SWELL

TO REACH BEYOND THAT
TO WHICH IT WAS BOUND
UP, UP TO LIGHT
UP, UP TO FREEDOM

INCH BY INCH
DAY BY DAY
THE FRUIT OF THE SEED
MAKES ITS WAY

ABOVE THE GRAVE
INTO THE LIGHT
AND BREAKS FREE THE EARTH
TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS

FIRST THE BUD
THEN THE FLOWER
JOY AND GLADNESS
STRENGTH AND POWER

BEAUTY AND MAJESTY
MAKES ITS CLAIM
WONDEROUSLY, WONDERFUL
GLORIOUS FAME

BUT SOMEONE ADMIRES ITS DECADENT SHOW
AND PLUCKS UP THE FLOWER AS IT BASKS IN ITS GLOW
AND WHEN IT HAS FADED AND THE FLOWERS DO FALL
IT IS CAST TO THE GROUND, IT IS DONE, THAT IS ALL

BUT NO, WAIT ONE MINUTE, TAKE NOTICE, PAY HEED
THE FLOWER HAS WITHERED, EXPOSING THE SEED
WHICH ONCE AGAIN FINDS ITS WAY BACK TO THE EARTH
REJOICE, REBOUND, RENEW, REBIRTH

Beverly Anita (c) 2006
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Is anyone still listening? I know it's been a while since I posted. I've been on a journey. Many things have changed, but one thing has not changed and that is my love for Christ (and I believe His love for me). So, it is my prayer that I may again have opportunity to share faith and fellowship with you. Until then, God loves you in Christ Jesus! Keep faith. ... See MoreSee Less

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One of my favorite songs.
JESUS IS LOVE
Song by The Commodores

Father, help your children,
And don't let them fall by the side of the road.
Mmm, and teach them to love one another,
And heaven might find a place in their hearts;
'Cause Jesus is love.
He won't let you down,
And I know He's mine forever,
Ah, in my heart.
We've got to walk on, walk on through temptation,
'Cause His Love and His wisdom will be our helping hand.
And I know the truth and His word will be our salvation.
Lift up our heart to be thankful and glad
'Cause Jesus is love.
He won't let you down,
And I know He's mine deep down in my soul.
Jesus is love.
I want to follow your star wherever it leads me,
And I don't mind Lord, I hope you don't mind.
I want to walk with you, and talk with you,
And do all the things you want me to do,
'Cause I know that Jesus, Jesus is love, I know,
And if you ask, I'll show love is the word forever,
Ah, in my heart, help me, heart, heart.
I know, I know, I know, I know His love's the power,
His love's the glory forever, ever, ever, ever.
Who can bring you love?
Who can bring you joy?
Who can turn your life around?
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
Who will pick you up, ooh, where you fall?
Who will stand beside you? Who will love us all?
Hey, Jesus, Jesus.
Who can heal your body? Who can make it strong?
Who can help you to hold out a little while longer?
Oh yeah, Jesus loves you, Jesus wants you,
You can call Him, He will answer.
Call Him in the morning, call Him in the evening

Songwriters: LIONEL RICHIE
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Album: Anthology
Artist: The Commodores
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WASH ONE ANOTHER'S FEET (The Passover Supper)

At the last supper, at a time called the Passover, before his cruxificion, Jesus left this with his disciples, indicating how they should treat one another. "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you." He further explained that "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me." This act depicted how the followers of Christ should be hospitable to everyone they encounter, even their enemies, but especially to each other. (John 13:14-20).

As you probably already know, the washing of feet was an act of hospitality in that day. After traveling on dusty roads in sandals, guests would be received by washing the dust and dirt off their feet, thus refreshing them. As pointed out in the latest issue of "Our Daily Bread," Jesus even washed the feet of Judas, who betrayed him; but being deeply troubled in his spirit, even we are deeply troubled at the perverseness of this world and many of its people.

Yet, we know that Jesus was appointed to this suffering at the hands in sinners, that he might make known the way of salvation. And, that his followers show mercy just as we have been shown mercy. Jesus showed, by his death and resurrection, that there is life after death.

Therefore, let us, who believe, show all hospitality at all times, and let us follow the example left us (Jesus took the cup... and took the bread and gave thanks,... and gave unto them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me..." (Luke 22 17-20); and honor his sacrifice until he returns as set by the Apostle Paul, "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come." (1Corinthians 12:26).

HAPPY EASTER
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