May Monthly Letter

May 1st, 2017

Dear Reconciler Family,

Jesus-and-childrenWe all have heard the saying “prayer changes things.” I totally agree with it. The concept hit me even more deeply as I recently celebrated Easter and what Jesus did for us.

While pondering the thought that prayer really does change things, I asked my 7-year-old granddaughter what she thought. She said she agrees. Then I asked her what she would like to see changed in the world. She said spontaneously, “That people would stop fighting and get along with each other.” She surprised me! I thought her response would be more simple or “childlike.”

In the Bible, Jesus used the example of little children to teach adults about His messages of humility and how to worship Him. Matthew 21:12 states: “Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the benches of those selling doves. It is written he said to them, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.’“

Matthew 21:16: “Do you not hear what these children are saying? He asked them. Have you not read; out of the mouth of babes and sucklings you have ordained praise?” Bible commentaries say that it was a common thing among the Jews for their children to be employed in public acclamations; therefore, they were accustomed to hearing their celebrated rabbis. It was no strange thing for them.

When we review the history of the world, major warfare between nations and regional conflicts have occurred throughout the years. But the good news is Our Heavenly Father has many children who love peace and love to sing his praises! A comprehensive demographic study states that there are 2.1 billion Christians on earth. However, the numbers do fluctuate because the Christian population is fluid. Thank God that He has many “children” praying and living lives of love, peace and hope!

And the good news that I shared with my granddaughter is that God has a plan for mankind and He loves every human being on earth because we are all his children. And He wants us to live with him forever! We can look forward to that! We will celebrate Him and each other. We will have the opportunity to eat wonderful food, enjoy banquets, and have fun forever and ever!

We will never die! We will have many friends! We will be happy! We will get along with each other. We will love everybody and they will all love us. We will be able to fly without falling out of the sky.

Notice what God has in store for us when we get to heaven with Him: “Eye has not seen nor ear heard of the great things God has in store for us His children.” (1 Corinthians 2:9). The Bible describes the wedding between Jesus and God’s holy people in Revelation 19:5-9: Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those
who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

Thank you,