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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