There is an old saying, 'April showers bring May flowers,' may I encourage you to pray for these showers. We do need the moisture, although our trees and flowers are coming back to life.
This year we celebrate Easter or Resurrection Day Sunday, April 16. This is when we celebrate Jesus fulfilling the Spring feasts of Israel; Passover (April 11) and Feast of First Fruits (April 16). With the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, the prophetic significance of these feast was completed. For a deeper understanding and appreciation of what took place during this most holy season be sure you are attending Sunday School. There is a special Blessing waiting for you. Several of the Sunday School classes will be studying the significance of the blood of the Old Testament Passover Lamb and blood of the New Testament Passover Lamb. It is fascinating how the Old Testament helps explain the New and the New Testament helps us understand the Old. This is especially true when studying Passover. I pray you have the blood of the Lamb of God applied to your heart, making you a child of God.
The first Thursday in May, the fourth, is our National Day of Prayer. We are admonished to, "Pray without ceasing," I Thessalonians 5:17. As believers, we should be in constant prayer for; each other, our Church, our Nation, and our world, and giving thanks to Him.
In May (14), our Nation has set aside a special Sunday to show our appreciation for our Mothers. A godly mother is a true blessing. God created the first family on day six and then uses the concept of family through out Scripture to help use understand our relationship with Him and each other. The third Sunday in June (18), we honor our fathers, the head of the family. Repeatedly in Scripture God refers to Himself as our Father and we, through Christ Jesus, are His children. In Scripture, He is given the attributes of a father; protecting, providing, nurturing, teaching, disciplining, and loving. I pray that each of our dads are mindful that their father-child relationship helps their children understanding and developing a relationship with their Heavenly Father. A responsibility not to be taken lightly.
The third Sunday in May (21) is Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day. I do hope you take some time during the month to let your teacher know how much he/she is appreciated; a card, a flower, a hug, box of chocolates, balloons, a special word of thanks. Our Church body is blessed with devoted teachers who spend a great deal of time studying, preparing, and praying for their classes each week. I pray that each of you are a member of a class, are enjoying one of these teachers and will be thinking of some way to let them know they are appreciated.
May 29, is Memorial Day, a special day when we honor our fallen. Remembering freedom is not free. It must be fought for and then diligently guarded. There must be watchmen for each generation, Ezekiel 33:6-7.
May the 31st is a very special birthday. It is our birthday, we are almost 2,000 years old. It is the Feast of Pentecost. It falls right after Memorial Day, reminding us again freedom is not free. Freedom from sin and condemnation was not free either. It was paid with a great price, "with the precious blood of Christ," I Peter 1:18-19.
Starting in May and through the first of June, different members of our families and friends graduate. Some are finishing high school and others their studies in college thus completing a very important chapter in their young lives. This is a time when parents and families reflect back and wonder, hope, and pray they taught, nurtured, and did all they could in preparation. Is our little one, who has gotten so big, ready for the next chapter in his/her life? Has a strong foundation been laid? Do they know their help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth, Psalm 121:2? The Lord is their strength and shield, Psalm 28:7. The Lord is their strength, song and salvation, Psalm 118:14. That they know in their hearts the God of the Universe has good plans for them, a hope and a future, Jeremiah 29:11.
Hopefully this has caused you to think about the foundation your are trying to give your little ones. Sunday School can help you in this process. Not only for your child but for you. Where ever you are in your Spiritual journey, we have a class for you.
If you have questions about any of our Sunday School classes please feel free to contact me.
Love in Christ,
Dr. Janice Luellen