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Prayer Journal: Day 216

Day 216

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. – Matthew 28:5‭-‬6 KJV

The resurrection is the most amazing miracle that God performed. Jesus rose from the dead, to eternal life. What a divine blessing!

For those who do not believe in Jesus,  death is permanent. They only have this life. But because of Jesus, everyone who believes in Him shall have eternal life. We have hope. We have a future in Heaven with our creator. All things will be made new and we will be reunited with our loved ones who have passed away.

Easter Sunday reminds us how powerful our God is. 

As I settle into my new surroundings in Idaho, I’m incredibly grateful for the new beginning that God has given our family. It is no coincidence that my husband is now the Executive Director at Life: A Center for Independent Living. Even the name of his new workplace is significant. Just as Jesus gives us life, so has He provided my husband a job where he will be able to make a positive difference in the community. We are grateful this Easter Sunday for all God has given us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 196

Day 196

That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. – Philippians 3:10‭-‬11 KJV

We desperately need to know Jesus.

When we know our friends, we talk to them. We communicate with them often and can sense when they are up or down. When they are sad, we try to comfort them. We enjoy our time with them and care about them. We cultivate our friendships so that we can stay friends. 

Knowing Jesus gives us access to the power of the resurrection. His sacrifice is a gift. His suffering saved us so that we can continue our friendship with Him forever. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 195

Day 195

A Reflection on the Five-Year Anniversary of my Dad’s Death

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. – Psalms 19:14 KJV

Today, on the five-year anniversary of my dad’s death, I am taking a moment to meditate and be quiet.

Through the resurrection of Jesus, death’s sting will be removed, but the pain we feel in our hearts from loving a loved one can linger long after the event passes.

Even though Jesus had told His disciples that he would die and be resurrected, they still grieved. Their hearts were filled with joy when they saw Him risen.

I still see my dad in my dreams frequently. In the last dream I had of him, I recall seeing him walking ahead of me, so quickly that I couldn’t catch up. I remember wanting him to slow down in the dream, but I was unable to communicate that to him. He had gone ahead of me.

In experiencing death, our loved ones have gone before us. They are at rest. They are at peace. They are no longer in pain.

There will come a time when there is no more death, tears, or sorrow. 

I look forward to that day on Jesus’ Second Coming when I will see my dad again.

It will be a joyful day.

Amen.

To read Henry Akao’s obituary, please click here.

Prayer Journal: Day 184

Day 184

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. – John 11:25 NKJV 

Jesus makes it possible for all of us who believe in Him to live after death. 

Because of Jesus and the resurrection, life is not “nasty, brutish, and short” the way that philosopher, Hobbes said. Instead, Jesus has given us a second life. 

Through one man, Adam, most everyone will suffer what it is like to die. Yet through one man’s sacrifice, Jesus, we are saved. Salvation is nothing less than a miracle. 

Human beings, despite scientific advancements, will never be capable of generating everlasting life.

Science fiction paints a world where we have a future in which we figure out how to live forever, but the answer is simple. Jesus accomplished salvation for us. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 66

Day 66

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed–in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

November 5th was my dad’s birthday. He would have been 84 years old today. Jacob Henry’s middle name comes from my Dad. There’s a little bit of Henry in Jacob Henry. The generational resemblance is there. I notice it most in Jacob’s eyes.

We have hope that we will be reunited with our loved ones at the second coming of Jesus. That will be a glorious day. Change can be good. It is part of life. Amen.

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