John’s Monthly Letter

“You Lifted Me!”

Dear Hopefulls,
This month I would like to share with you the daily
devotional sent by our United Church of Christ
denomination on July 29, 2019. The reflection is
entitled “Living the Risen Life.” The author is
Richard L. Floyd. Here is a slightly edited version:
Scripture So if you have been raised with Christ,
seek the things that are above, where Christ is,
seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1
Reflection: Resurrection is not a once-a-year
happy moment, but a living reality in the lives of
Christians. I am always deeply moved at baptisms
by the church’s bold assertion that “we die with
Christ in a death like his, and are raised to life with
him to live a new kind of life.” “A new kind of life”
sounds pretty good to me since the old kind of life I
have lived often has left a lot to be desired. Those
“new kind of life” promises—resurrection
promises—remind me that Christ keeps working in
me and through me and with me. And not just me
as a lone individual, but me as a member of his
church, his body, his fellowship. When Christians
say, “if Jesus were alive today…” I know that they
merely mean “if Jesus was still walking around and
talking as he once did in ancient Galilee.” But the
truth of his risen and continuing life with us is even
more astonishing than his earthly life. The risen life
means that in life, in death, and in life beyond
death, we are not alone. In life, in death, and in life
beyond death, Jesus is with us. Because Jesus is
alive today!
Prayer: Living Christ, may we grow more and more
each day into the risen life we share with you.
Amen.
One of the things I have learned through dealing
with my recent bout of shoulder dislocations is the
power of caring. I cannot tell you how much my
Hope Church family’s thoughts, prayers, emails,
cards, tasty treats and myriad of other gestures has
meant to me over the past weeks. I feel so deeply
grateful for your kindness. My cup overflows with
blessings. You have been the presence of Christ
for me when I very much needed to feel Christ’s
presence. Thank you. When I was feeling rather
low, you lifted me up and helped me to live the
Risen Life. Each of us possess the amazing power
to change lives through sharing God’s love. May
you continue to share God’s love, and when you
need to be raised up, may you receive an
abundance of God’s love that together we may
strive toward the day when all of God’s children live
the Risen life.
Blessings and love