by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

Reflections of an Easter Experienced
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

A couple of weeks before Easter found a group of us in the mountains above Denver. In the quiet of this day, the crisp, clear air freshened by the snow pack still around us, the sky so blue and clear, sun so warm, mountain peaks so high, it is a morning of wonder. As we tried to see the mountains from our cabin, the tall trees around us obscured the view. That is what our relationship is with Christ at times. The cares of this world surround us, they pile so high around us we can't see above or through to God. As our relationship to God increases, the trees become less and less until all our focus is upon God, the mountain.

That particular weekend, I found I can be the hurting one, that I can be the vulnerable one, the one who with all the hurt around me can be hurting also, and the intercessory prayer need is for me. I must keep my focus on what God wants of me, not the other way around; also not to include family into the equation. This is between God and I, not God, them and I. I must keep focused, not let them fragment me to meet their need or expectations.

"Come Holy Spirit, Lord grant this filling of the Spirit to love and honor you, all praise is yours, O Mighty One. May the indwelling of the Holy Spirit give you the glory.

"Lord, your awesome love, care and compassion overwhelm me and I overflow with tears; hear my plea, my cry. Love me; fill me with whatever it takes to be, for you, the daughter you would like. In love and service through Christ the King, yet Servant to all. Help me to understand, even to follow without understanding, the meaning of your grace for me and to all who are called by you. Please grant me your peace."

Peace was granted that night and after a full restful sleep, I woke fresh, clean, and loved. Wanting to share the thoughts and experiences of the night before, I took my Bible and devotional to the main open room to wait for there for my prie ...

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