Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may, by your life-giving Spirit, be delivered from sin and raised from death; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
by Marilou Braswell
He Is Risen! Hallelujah!
Well, good morning to all of Mike’s friends and family. I am the least likely to be a writer for anything, never mind something as special as this. I have been blown away by the writings this week and the ease it seems that the creative, beautiful thoughts have flowed from your computer keys and hearts.
Such is the nature of our God… He sent His Son Jesus to die for the least of us — everyone of us and YES as the scripture says~ to Redeem us in every aspect of our lives daily.
God allowed His only Son to die for our Redemption. And today on Easter Sunday He conquered the grave.
From my own personal story of redemption, as a college cheerleading coach I was told I could not pray with my team, say the name Jesus, or have a Bible study in my home that my athletes attended. I was fired, hurt, and knew I had not done anything to discriminate on my team. As a matter of fact, I was sure I was all inclusive on purpose and prided myself in that very thing.
I cried and struggled, but God said to my heart, “Watch Me” redeem. He took me from one campus as a coach to campuses all over the country as a director of FCA cheerleading. Now, my job description is to do those 3 things I was told I could never do as a coach. 600 girls have accepted Christ in 15 years, and thousands have rededicated their lives to Him due to their heroes, college cheerleaders, leading their huddles. He wanted to move me, so I had to go through the front page of the Atlanta journal, Fox News, etc. to gain exposure to obtain a strong Christian following to support my ministry. He redeemed every aspect of my life, my name, my finances, and even my heart. He was victorious once again. And He is every day!
Psalm 118 reminds us, but… the Lord is my strength and my defense. I will not die but live! The stone that was rejected has become the cornerstone. The Lord has done this and we will rejoice today and be glad.
This Easter Day, we truly rejoice. As Jesus said, “It is finished”. He paid the price. Let us bask in the depths of the price he paid for us to live with Him forever and ever. I challenge you and myself to allow the light of the Holy Spirit that resides in us, that Jesus gave to us, to permeate the darkness every day.
Once again… He Is Risen! Hallelujah!
Marilou Braswell lives in Athens, GA