Verses for Easter – Week 4

In the Wounds Doubt Disappeared

 In the garden at the dawn
In darkness doubt and tears
He called Mary first and then
To the others He appeared

But Thomas was not there
And said “I won’t believe
That Jesus is alive
Till I can touch his scars and see”

He kept doubting till the day
At his table Christ appeared
And called him come to touch His wounds
And in those wounds doubt disappeared

In the Wounds Doubt Disappeared 
by Peter Caligiuri
copyright 2022 all rights reserved

Seasonal Changes

Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. Psalm 119:89-90 ESV

If you live in the Northern States you have already seen the beauty of the leaves changing their Summer clothes for colorful Fall outfits. Apple cider and pumpkins fill the market shelves, but that celebration of the new season is mixed with a melancholy knowledge that Winter is not far away.

Some changes in life are eagerly anticipated, like weddings or the birth of a child. But when our child graduates from high school and sets off on their own, that happiness mixes with silent tears. It was no different for Jesus as He lived on earth. The joys and gifts of the Christmas story were quickly followed by Joseph and Mary’s flight to Egypt. His healing of the sick was followed by Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial. But as Jesus hung on the cross and the most difficult hour of change was upon Him, He held on to words that never change. “I thirst”; “Why have you forsaken me?”  and “It is finished.” were all quotes from the Old Testament. Jesus was trusting in a word that never changes because He knew that in Heaven His Father’s promises would not fail Him. They would carry Him through death and the grave to resurrection. Unlike the falling leaves, God’s word never lets go. It stays attached to the heart of the Father forever. If there are circumstances that are changing your life forever, then hold onto the faithful and loving promises of God. He has you firmly held in the palm of His hand and He has promised that whatever may come in both life and death that He will never let you go!

All Justice Fulfilled

I have been struck by both the simplicity and power of Micah 6:8 since I first heard it read by President Jimmy Carter during his inauguration. Today I see more in this passage than I did then, though the depths and beauty of any of God’s word is far beyond what I can fully understand or possibly communicate in this short poem today. Have a blessed day all!

When did you show us to do what is just
And how did you teach us to walk where we must?
Was it in Bethlehem in the hay of a barn
There in the wonder our Savior was born?

Or when we saw your mercy
When you heard a man’s cries?
How you called Him to come
And you opened His eyes

Or could it be maybe 
We learned to walk by your side
 When You carried  Your cross
To the place where You died

Or was it when they laid you now silent and still
In the tomb before the night at the top of that hill?
Until on the day before dawn when you rose
In the garden you showed us all justice fulfilled 

All Justice Fulfilled by Peter Caligiuri
copyright 2021 all rights reserved

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJV