March 13, Sunday
I awoke early that morning, well before the sun rose, and noticed immediately that instead of the house being dark and shadowy as usual on a cold January morning, my room was light and bright, almost as if it were mid-morning instead of pre-dawn. With a feeling of anticipation, I knew what that meant: it must have snowed quite a bit during the night. If that were the case, the streets were going to be impassable except for those people in critical professions or those few foolhardy souls who dared to brave the elements.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (NRSV)
What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
After a quick phone call confirmed that my place of employment was indeed closed for the day, I planned how I would spend this unexpected day of rest, knowing that what had started out as a busy, whirlwind day of nonstop work at the office had, in the twinkling of an eye, turned into a much different kind of day. Similarly, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
51 Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
Just like that, the day was changed for me and thousands of others. Today there was a respite from normal activities, but tomorrow we could continue anew, refreshed and sustained from the extra day of rest, ready to work again.
What are the many ways that God nourishes your soul?
Thank you, Lord, for your Word, your love, and even your weather which sustains us.
By Suzette Cannon, CBFAR Coordinating Council member
New Millennium Church, Little Rock
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