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The Party Bag – 23rd April 2017

The Party Bag – 23rd April 2017
April 21, 2017 Judith Simms

The party is over

So it seems

But in truth

It has only just begun!

Like children who leave a party

With gifts

We too leave clutching

Free gifts.

And So….

 

What did you receive in your party bag

On Easter Day?

 

Chocolate?

Delight?

Hope?

Tears of joy?

Excitement?

Flowers?

Promise?

Forgiveness?

 

When you opened your Party Bag

In the privacy of Prayer

What did you most rejoice to discover?

 

What was hiding in the bottom corner of the bag

That you almost overlooked?

 

As you travel these days between

Easter and Pentecost

Review the cost of the contents

Of this unique Party Bag.

It is a cost

Christ paid

Willingly

Lovingly

Bearing it and shedding

Mercy and unending Love

As the contents spilled out.

 

Open the Party Bag and share its contents

It is not for keeping

But for spilling into the world

Evidence

Of the Grace and the Generosity

Of the God who loves.

 

Thanks be to Christ

Amen

 

Reading: John 20:19-23

StF 304   Jesus is risen, alleluia

 

Prayers for April by Hazel Parsons