There is just something uplifting about waking up to sunshine, isn’t there? When the dark of night gives way to blue skies and the warmth of the sun, we just seem to automatically shed the heaviness that may have crowded into our souls in the darkness.
Beautiful days like today are good reminders that the Son of Righteousness is still in the business of dawning on our hearts day after day. Sometimes the brightness of His presence is dulled by the clouds of life’s challenges. But He is nonetheless there, day after day, reliable, faithful and consistent. While the weather of difficulties may come and go from day to day, the light of His presence never goes out and never leaves us to fend for ourselves.
As we all continue to work through the challenges of the State-mandated lock-downs, closed schools and ‘social distancing’, it is even more important that we do not slacken or, worse yet, abandon the gifts God has given us of fellowship, prayer, time in God’s word, kindness, service, generosity and a host of other spiritual ‘sunshine’ we still have available to us. While the ways and means of enjoying the light of the glory of God may have shifted slightly in these days, God’s call to enjoy Him through them has not. If anything, God is calling to us more loudly these days, inviting us to rearrange our lives more deeply and offering to us the blessings of spiritual awakening, renewal and revival more clearly than ever.
With that in mind, let me invite you to get out of your ‘house’ or ‘apartment’ (figuratively speaking) and enjoy the warm sunshine of some of the following:
We’re launching a new Bible Study & Fellowship Group via Zoom this evening from 5:30-6:45. Simply go to zoom.com, find the “Join a Meeting” tab, click on it and type in this number: 467 375 355. Wait for the host to “admit” you and then settle in with your Bible, notebook and cup of coffee/chocolate/soup/tea/whatever. It’s one way to beat the sense of isolation we’re all feeling in this time while never leaving your favorite chair. We’ll be starting in First Peter chapter 1 tonight.
Join your brothers and sisters for a time of prayerful fellowship with the heavenly Father any evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Just repeat the above procedure but type in the number for our nightly Mosaic Evening Prayer which is 619-147-697.
Call one brother or sister in Christ a day, find out how they are doing, ask them how you can pray for them and do just that before you hang up.
Pick up a new devotional book or go on-line and find a good daily devotional to read. Here are a few suggests to get you started:
Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest classic devotional can be found for free on-line at https://utmost.org/.
Check out this blog post for a host of options: http://www.gospel.com/blog/index.php/2008/03/11/spiritual-insight-thats-stood-the-test-of-time-classic-christian-devotionals/
Or try this web site: http://www.gospel.com/topics/devotionals/ You’ll find a list of different devotionals at the top of the page. Just click on any one and give it a try.
With this week being Holy Week, don’t forget that you can enjoy our Good Friday Service starting at 7:00 p.m. this Friday, April 10th. Just go to our www.MosaicSpokane.com website and click on the big, red, YouTube rotating header. It should link you to that service which will invite you into a time filled with music, Scripture, prayer and thought-provoking meditation.
Then this Sunday, EASTER, we hope to be back to streaming live our Sunday service from our familiar Mosaic location. You will find that (hopefully on-time this Sunday) at our Mosaic Fellowship Spokane Facebook page under “Videos.” We will also post it on YouTube after the 8:45 service is completed.
Thank you for bearing with us on some of the technical challenges we have had these past couple of weeks. None of us are professional techies but we’re doing our best…as are all of you. We’ll be sending out continuing updates every-other day just to alert you to any changes.
And THANK YOU for your ongoing, loving and Spirit-moved generosity in giving to those in need. This past week saw one of our largest giving weeks ever as so many of you stepped up to the growing need some in our fellowship are experiencing and engaged in abundant generosity through giving financially, cooking meals and delivering practical help.
May the light and glory of Jesus Christ flood your soul today—morning, afternoon and night.
Enjoying the Sonshine,