Drinking from Easter Cups…
THE CUP OF PEACE
It’s still Easter… the season of Easter. We are closing out week three and beginning week 4 of Eastertide. But there has been so much happening in our country and our world, maybe you’ve forgotten all about Easter. Maybe it’s cold and grey or even spitting snow again, and signs of new life are hard to find. We all held our breaths as we waited on the jury in Minneapolis.
We prayed for peace and justice to roll down like mighty waters!
Easter got lost in gun fire and senseless loss over and over again since Easter!
We need the cup of Peace today!
When Jesus appeared to his followers, who were hiding in a locked room, after his resurrection, his first words were
“PEACE BE WITH YOU”.
And the PEACE of Jesus that he gave and gives to us, too, is SHALOM… so much more than our small definition of peace!
Shalom is wholeness… harmony. Peace & completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility!
I sure need to drink from this cup of peace today& drink in the Shalom of God!
Make a cup of tea (a drink of peace & hospitality) and drink in God’s Peace today.
Take time to drink in the Shalom of Jesus.
And continue to pray for peace, too, and true shalom to overflow in America and our world.
Along with the CUP OF PEACE, Jesus gives us the CUP OF FORGIVENESS.
Jesus poured out love and forgiveness to his disciples,
to his followers who’d betrayed him
And denied him.
To those who were afraid to forgive themselves.
Jesus gave the cup of forgiveness to those who doubted that he was risen, or at least doubted the beliefs of their friends.
Jesus gave them all the cup of forgiveness so they could drink it in and truly know that they were forgiven.
And he told them that their new mission was to pour out forgiveness to other people all over the world!
HOLD YOUR CUP
What if we all drank from that cup of forgiveness today?
What if we truly received the cup of forgiveness and wholeness?
What if we realized that Jesus didn’t ever shame his followers for their shortcomings,
or for their doubts,
or because of their unbelief
or for their fears.
Jesus NEVER gave out cups of shame! Instead, Jesus hands out overflowing cups of his LOVE and FORGIVENESS.
He gave his disciples the cup of forgiveness to drink deeply from each day.
And Jesus gives this cup to each of us too!
How have you been drinking from the cup of shame rather than the cup of forgiveness this week?
How have you drunk in bitterness, or criticism this week?
Talk to Jesus about this.
How have you poured out shame or criticism rather than forgiveness to other people?
Ask Jesus to forgive you and pray for those people.
As you hold your cup… imagine Jesus sitting across from you with a large mug.
This cup is filled to the brim with LOVE and FORGIVENESS.
Jesus reaches across the table and hands you that large mug!
Jesus smiles and his eyes are filled with compassion and love for you.
Jesus knows how often we don’t drink from this cup for ourselves.
Jesus knows how often we don’t let ourselves hand this cup to other people who’ve hurt us, or people who’ve broken our trust, or don’t think or believe as we do.
Receive that large cup of FORGIVENESS from Jesus today.
Drink in forgiveness…
forgive yourself, allow Jesus to help you forgive others.
Allow Jesus to help you receive and drink from this cup of FORGIVENESS!
Ask Jesus to help you and to refresh you!
EACH day this week as you make your tea or coffee, consider who needs to know God’s peace and forgiveness and pray for them, and then DRINK in peace and drink in Forgiveness from Jesus for yourself.
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