Read Romans 5.1-11

                Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

                For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.  But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.

                 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.  But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


From Rev. Delma Parris, Lost Creek, WV

                In our age of information overload it is easy to become indifferent to messages that crowd our brains, particularly to those that are repeated.  As Christians this is no less true of our response to the gospel.  We have heard that God is love, that Christ died for our sins, and other similar messages so often that it is easy to think, “Yes, I know that,” and move on.  For several years I have attempted to bring Christ’s death and suffering alive by listening to music, reading a book and/or simply reflecting on the gospel accounts of the passion during Lent.  “But God shows his love for us (me) in that, while we (I) were yet sinners, Christ died for us (me.)”   How will these words come alive for you?

Awaken me to your good news, O God,
by whatever means I am able to receive.