Tag Archives: Easter

“Grandma, Jesus Died for Our Sins:” Lenten Thanks…

Sunset over the Camas Prairie at Greencreek Cemetery, Greencreek, Idaho (where both of Ron’s parents are buried)

     “I up, Gamma Susie!”

     Each Friday when I watched our granddaughter, that’s how she’d let me know she was ready to start the day.

     Emmi rubbed sleep from her groggy little eyes as I entered her bedroom. Sitting up in her toddler bed, she greeted me with this declaration:

“Gamma, Jesus died for our sins!”

     Easter was just around the corner, and I knew my granddaughter was learning about Easter in Sunday School and from her mom and dad.

     “Yes, Emmi, Jesus did die for our sins,” I agreed, and then asked, “And, what are sins?” By that time, my granddaughter had awakened fully, and in her matter of fact, recently-turned-three-years-old manner, articulated each word clearly,

When – I – make – a – poor – choice!

     All granny prejudice aside, I thought that may have been one of the best explanations of sin I’d ever been given.

     Our sweet granddaughter turned nine last Sunday. This birthday has been rather disappointing. No school. No friends’ roller-skating birthday party. Lots of changed plans. The Coronavirus Pandemic will surely be one of the defining events those in Emmi’s generation will never forget.

Most certainly, Emmi loves boating on the lake!

So sweet to our Shih Tzu, Merci.

     I don’t know about you, but every day I make poor choices. Daily—sometimes multiple times during the day—I sin.

     Sin is central to the doctrine of Christianity. The Apostle John said,

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9 ESV)

     A process that helps me recognize, confess and ask forgiveness for my sins is an Ignatian spirituality tool known as the EXAMEN. There are various versions, but the one I’ve been using is:

Prayer of Examen

  1. Give Thanks.
  2. Ask God to reveal your sins.
  3. Examine how you lived this day (thoughts, words, deeds).
  4. Ask forgiveness.
  5. Ask God for the grace to amend your ways.

     Ask these two key questions:

  • Where did I experience God’s love today?
  • How did God’s love impact the way I lived my life today?

Prayer:

God, who gives good gifts,
Thank you, God for the gift of being a grandmother.
Thank you for the insight you give to even a little child.
And above all,
Thank You, Jesus, for dying for our sins!

Amen

Sue Reeve

Considering Easter Monday, Change and Transition…

Today is Easter Monday. I hope each of you had a meaningful Easter weekend. I’ve been thinking about how Jesus’ friends felt that first Easter Monday. Change and transition is never easy, and these men and women were placed smack dab in the middle of history’s most profound period of change and transition. I can only imagine the range of their thoughts and emotions.

     After a couple years of retirement, I felt God wanted me to maximize the change and transition that came with retirement and take the next step into a ministry calling I had felt since childhood. Where in the world would I start? I found the answer began by working with a Christian life coach.

     My final session with the life coach I’d been working with off and on for over two years had arrived. Coaching had been an impactful experience. With guidance from Jodi, I had made many meaningful discoveries. Life coaching had been so helpful that I decided to pursue my own certification as a personal life coach, which I received a little over one year ago.

     During my last coaching session, I told Jodi, “I feel like God is trying to say something to me, and I just can’t put my finger on what it is.”

     I’d had this feeling enough times to give it the name of ‘Divine Discontentment.’ Experience had taught me it was nothing to fear, and would, in fact, take me on a new God-designed adventure.

     “Have you ever considered working with a spiritual director?” Jodi asked. That question led to a whole new level of personal spiritual discovery, which I’ll undoubtedly be writing about in the next few months.

     I imagine many of Jesus’ disciples felt ‘Divine Discontentment’ on Easter Monday.

          “Why? Why?” they asked. The disbelief felt overwhelming.

               “What was the meaning, the purpose of the past three years?”

                    “How will we put the pieces of our broken identifies together again?”

                         “Where do we go from here?”

     In my perplexing season of change and transition, working with a life coach helped me put together pieces of my life-purpose puzzle.

     The friends and followers of Jesus were about to encounter the most amazing life coach—The Holy Spirit—the Advocate Jesus promised He’d send. Their questions would gain new clarity. ‘Divine Discontentment’ would lead them into the fullness of their calling. They would discover strength, courage and abilities beyond their wildest imaginations. They would preach, teach, write letters that would become books read by millions. They would be faithful to carry the message of Jesus to people living in the time and culture in which had God placed them.

     This Easter Monday 2019, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude to those original followers of Jesus. I also feel a keen awareness that the same Spirit who guided them into their next steps is available to you and me.

     Have you, like me, ever felt an interior voice was trying to say something to a deep place in your spirit, and you wondered what to do with that feeling? If you think working with a personal coach might be helpful, I’d love to talk with you. You may contact me at sue.reeve.cda@gmail.com.

Blessings on your journey of discovery…

Sue Reeve

During our recent Arizona vacation, I was fascinated by this small stone house built into the rocks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. I can imagine sitting in front of this window, asking God, “Where do I go from here!”