Faith: A simple message arranges a special meeting

This time of the year wants to send me running from reality, more specifically, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Perhaps it's all too horrible and too wonderful to comprehend, let alone to express - too painful for lingering contemplation.

Easter eggs, bunnies and baby chicks, pretty new flowery dresses, little boy suits with long-sleeved shirts and ties, polished shoes, and yes, Easter bonnets. Of course, what would Easter be without lots of candy in decorative baskets, Easter egg hunts, and lamb cakes?

Stepping away from the pagan accoutrements of the occasion, as we must if we're to walk more closely with Christ, there's nothing left unless we are willing to embrace the cross and its deepest significance.

Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13

No greater friend will enrich and bless our lives than Jesus. No greater love will fulfill the longing in our hearts. No other love will smooth the paths before us, iron out the wrinkles, and satisfy our soul-hunger.

Perhaps you already know Jesus, but have been so burdened by life's trials that you haven't made much time for Him. Perhaps you long to draw nearer to the heart of the One who gave up His life for you. Perhaps you have not entered into a deep and abiding friendship with the Friend of all friends, and would like to meet Him now.

Jesus gave 100 percent of himself at the Cross, so that we might have eternal life; and by the 39 stripes on His back, we were healed and made whole. If you want to meet the One who loves you with an everlasting love - enough to lay down His life for you - just say this simple prayer.

Dear Jesus, I want to know you. I believe you died on the cross for my sins, and I am truly sorry for them. Please forgive me, cleanse me, and make me a new person. I ask you to come into my heart this day to become the Lord and Savior of my life. In your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

Today I shall begin reading the Holy Bible, one day at a time. Today I shall find a good Bible-based church and dive in, for my good and His glory. Today I shall look forward to my new and eternal life, and to the day that Jesus will take my hand and say, "Come with me, I want to introduce you to our Abba, our Father in heaven."

Adapted from "Out of the Desert, Softly." You may email Ms. Wilson by visiting www.pensepublishing.com.