Redeemed is the word of the weekend.
The slew of definitions that Merriam-Webster provides for this fitting word....they tell a story. They sink deep if you'll let them.
So as you read - and as your eyes fall on each phrase - let your heart well over.
- to buy back
- to get or win back
- to free from what distresses or harms
- to free from captivity by payment of ransom
- to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental
- to release from blame or debt
- to free from the consequences of sin
- to change for the better
- to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby
- to make good
- to atone for
- to offset the bad effect of
- to make worthwhile
Read them again. Read what a real Jesus...did for a fallen world. And let the love of it all downright overwhelm you, friend.
Each definition deserves a commentary. But words fail me when I consider it.
Instead - I lift up words of prayer for you.
Each one of you.
I'm praying.....that the reality of Christ comes big and sweet and fresh for you over the next 24 hours. I'm praying - that He reveals Himself to each soul that passes by this spot this week - in very obvious and intimate and faith-building and life-changing ways...no matter your background....no matter your current state. So know - that if your eyes are seeing these words - your soul has been lifted up to the Lord.
And these prayers...coming from a mere girl who has tossed with the waves and who has grappled with dark doubt and who has tripped up too many times to count.....I offer these prayers of revelation for you in faith. In belief. In assurance that He will come to you.
I'm overwhelmed as I tap these keys -with a longing for us all to really know Christ's love...to really be taken by it.
So may Christ on the cross and the reality of the empty tomb...really settle in for us this Easter.
And oh Jesus yes...let it change everything!