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The Twilight Zone

  • When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and didn't know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?' She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, 'Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.' Jesus said to her, 'Mary.' John 20:14 WEB

    Mary and the disciples of Jesus thought that He would be made king and boot the Roman occupiers out of Israel. Instead He was beaten, crucified, and entombed. As she stood at the tomb, grief stricken and heartbroken, Jesus stood right in front of her and she did not recognize Him.

    When my Dad passed away, it was like life was suspended for a time, detached, unreal, and just wrong. Everything seemed surreal and I hoped to wake up soon. But as days turned into weeks, months, and years, life without him gradually became the new normal. It was not easy and I still miss him, but our life goes on and we must adapt to the changes.

    When traumatizing things occur in life like suddenly losing a loved one, we seem to step into the twilight zone for a bit. It is our way of not yet accepting the reality that we cannot face. We all have to face times like this in our life, and if you live long enough, you will see all of your friends pass on before you.

    Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die. If you want a sobering look at life, take a walk through a cemetery and look at the dates. Even though this cycle of life is nothing new, we are rarely prepared for it.

    The Holy Spirit is right there with us to bring comfort during these trying times, though we may not recognize Him, just as Mary did not recognize Jesus standing right in front of her. He is 'The Comforter.' God gives us space during these times of grief and He does not hold our anger or outbursts against us, because He understands what we are going through. He lost a loved One as well, and He knows how that feels.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please send me the Comforter today for I need a touch from You. Fill me up God where I will not be so empty and dry my tears. Bring sunshine back into my life Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! Just a reminder that our RHM Live Saturday service is happening tonight at 4pm EST! Because of some dental issues, we will not be offering the Bible Study this week, but instead will have a time of worship and fellowship. Lord willing, the Bible Study will continue next week! To find out more or join us this afternoon, go to this page: RHM Live


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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

This time last year I still had my mom, it is like a drought in my life, but I know this too will pass. It's not easy at this Holiday Season approaches.

 

November 11, 2017
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

Joseph, I'll be praying for you.  One of my GREATEST fears is losing my mother.  I feel awful for your loss.  God bless you!

November 11, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I feel exactly the same Joseph. Lost my Mom in April. It will be a tough holiday season for me as well.

November 11, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

Amen, thank you Pastor! <3

November 11, 2017
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

I have read this passage so many times it is always so heartbreaking. Mary is pleading with the man she thought was the gardener. I cry when I read this because. Knowing and having a relationship like this with JESUS.Is what I want. I plead with the Lord everyday that I may know him and he know me.  I ask for the love of GOD to fill my heart. Make me like JESUS. I will never stop seeking him. Amen.

November 11, 2017
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Pastor I always like to Thank you, you are anointed with the word of GOD. You give it to us straight, and true interpretation. I always understand. Thank you for bringing The word and showing the work on GOD, through JESUS CHRIST.

November 11, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wylesedited: November 11, 2017

Prayer: Heavenly Father please send me the Comforter today for I need a touch from You. Fill me up God where I will not be so empty and dry my tears. Bring sunshine back into my life Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen... Still missing many today... knowing they will be seen again in our heavenly home helps a lot :) Thank you for bringing shunshine back into my life, Lord <3 Amen Thank you Pastor :) God bless

November 11, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen, thank you Lord for your Comforter! Without Him, our lives would be so much harder. I am so glad He will never leave us!

November 11, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father please send me the Comforter today for I need a touch from You. Fill me up God where I will not be so empty and dry my tears. Bring sunshine back into my life Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Good message, I miss my Mom & Dad and all those who left here. Amen

November 11, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Powerfull--Amen!!!

November 11, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Lord, thank you for your Comforter

November 11, 2017
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Ted Muilenburg
Ted Muilenburg

Great message we have all been through.  We can live each day hugging and loving those close to us and friends.  This leaves great memories that will hel carry them through.  Each day we are building a legacy and it does not have to be in having a bridge or building which bears our name.

in addition we can leave notes and books that have been underlined or havenotes in the margin that serve to remind those left behind of our love.  My father died years ago he had a stroke which left him confused and angry some of the time.  He left a Norman Vincent Peale book where he had underlined and made notes in the margin.  It was a comfort I could see he was struggling and seeking help through the LORD.

November 11, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

November 11, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank You Father for all Your love for me,Amen.

November 11, 2017
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

God is so Good, even when we are just going through the motions of life because of something devastating. God Is GOOD!!!

November 11, 2017
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Cherise Mcenerney
Cherise Mcenerney

Thank you so very much, Pastor Dion, I truly have needed this so much as I have been going through a very hard time in my life. Bless you, Bless you and everyone. Sometimes, well a lot of times when I am in pain through life's circumstances I tend to shut myself off from everything and everyone, but your devotional today let me know very loud and clear that though I may need to do this from time to time to " lick my wounds" so to speak, ( not feeling sorry for myself, because I know many, Many others have it much worse than I), that the Lord is ALWAYS with me, beside me, and once the pain passes through, the Lord is always there to extend His hand, pick us up off of the ground and wrap His loving arms around us and show us again how truly beautiful life really is, because He made it so. Thank you once again for another truly beautiful devotional that speaks from your heart and life experience, to ours. May God Bless you and yours always, and I thank you with all of my heart. 

November 11, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen 

November 11, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

November 11, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Heavenly Father please send me the Comforter today for I need a touch from You. Fill me up God where I will not be so empty and dry my tears. Bring sunshine back into my life Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

Pastor, I know when I lost my mom and even when she suffered 16 months with obarian cancer. It was like I was dreaming like it was a bad dream and I always felt out of touch. It took me about 5 years to start to move on. They say it take the 3 H's #1 The Hurt - that's when your numb. #2 That's the Hurt and the anger part and the longest one to heal from. #3 Is the healing and that when it seems like your waking up and starting to feel a live again. God bless everyone who goes through this we all do and it does hurt but you do get through it everyone's tome of healing is different. Hospice told me about the 3 H's mom ask them to look after me until they felt I was okay. So a lady came to my home for a long time once a week and would talk to me. She was sweet and her eyes where the same color blue as my moms. 

 

Thank you Pastor for the devotion it hit home but it is life. :-) 

November 11, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen....

Thank you Pastor!

November 12, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father please send me the Comforter today for I need a touch from You. Fill me up God where I will not be so empty and dry my tears. Bring sunshine back into my life Lord, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

November 12, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!!!!!!! Thank you, Pastor Dion!

November 12, 2017