Heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the Lord your God, the earth with all that is in it.
As I sit at my desk to write this Easter message, my heart is filled with gratitude that I am still alive. I pray that you and your loved ones are doing well also.
We celebrate Easter because it is the time when God's best work took place. Though Jesus was betrayed, beaten, mocked, dragged and endured tremendous suffering, God defeated Satan, rose Jesus from the dead and accepted Jesus' sacrifice as the penalty for our sins. What the enemy meant for evil, God turned it for good. I have no doubt that God will turn this dark time we are going through for good also.
More than ever, I want people to know that God loves them. Isaiah 54:10 says, "The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end; I will keep forever my promise of peace."
The Sheltering in Place has allowed us to look into our lives to make sure that everything is in alignment with God's vision for us. His vision for us is that we will be our best self. His vision for us is that we can be more like his Son, Jesus Christ, loving and forgiving.
Currently I am doing a Master's program at Fuller Theological Seminary. One of the books I am reading for my class is entitled God Has A Dream by the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Tutu tells that when the late Mandela was in jail for 27 years, he worked for 17 years at Robben Island cutting stones into small pieces. The stone pieces weren't being used for anything. The stones were white and combined with the brightness of the sun, Mandela developed issues with his eyes. When he finally became the president of South Africa, he sent a VIP invitation to his former jailer to attend his presidential inauguration. Now that is having our lives in alignment with God's vision for us.Friends and family, my prayer for you this Easter is that you will feel God's love more than ever. I pray also that you take the time to see how you can make your life in alignment with God's vision for you so you can be your best self.
Sehin Belew, Former Miss Ethiopia's Smart Guide to Beauty, Health and Fashion (Annotation Press, 2008)