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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 20:14'16 WEB.

    Mary and the disciples of Jesus thought that He would be made king and boot the Roman occupiers out of Israel. Instead, they watched as Jesus was arrested, beaten, crucified, and then placed in a tomb. It was so final. Early that morning, as Mary stood at His tomb, grief-stricken and heartbroken, Jesus stood right in front of her, yet she did not recognize Him. She thought He was the gardener.

    When my Dad passed away, it was like life was suspended for a time. Things seemed detached, unreal, and just plain wrong. Everything seemed surreal, and I hoped to wake up soon. But as days turned into weeks and months turned into 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 change.

    When traumatizing things occur in our 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 we cannot face. We all have to face times like this in our life. One fact is, 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 to get there. If you want a sobering look at life, take a walk through a cemetery and look at the dates. Even though the cycle of life is nothing new, few are prepared for it to end. For believers, death is merely a transition.

    The Holy Spirit is there with us to bring comfort during these trying times. However, 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, for He understands what we are going through. He lost a loved One as well, and He knows how it feels.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please send me the Comforter today, for I need a touch from You. Fill me up to where I will not feel so empty, and dry my tears. Please bring Your Sonshine back into my life Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please send me the Comforter today, for I need a touch from You. Fill me up to where I will not feel so empty, and dry my tears. Please bring Your Sonshine back into my life Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!
Mar 6
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Mar 6

Amen. Heavenly Father,  please comfort me in a way only you can. Thank You. Amen

Mar 6
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Holy Spirit today i need you . Today I'm totally detached.  You know Father in Heaven that me and my family are laying to rest my husband of 50+ years this day.  Thanj you for comfort and peace.  Amen 

Mar 6
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Many prayers and hugs for you, dear Wanda, many many prayers.

Mar 6
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Blessings to you and your family.

Mar 6
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

God give you and your family strength and comfort to go on without your beloved husband.

Mar 6
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Sorry for your loss, confort and love for you and family. God bless you. 

Mar 6
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Lord, fill Wanda's heart with Your comfort, hope, and nearness today! Thank you. Amen

Mar 6
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

GOD BLESS HIS SOUL.  He is now resting and sleeping peacefully with the LORD.

Mar 6
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Peace be with you....

 

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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

I am so very sorry for your great loss. 

Mar 6
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you Lord Jesus !

Mar 6
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God please give us peace and comfort today. Amen 

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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Beautiful, thank you

Mar 6
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Mar 6
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Mar 6
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Holy Spirit for giving me the comfort I need, Amen.

Mar 6
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Losing a loved one is the most painful experience I have ever experienced.  I lost both parents, and while I know they are with the Lord, it resonates in me with such deep sorrow that they are truly gone. When I lost my precious dad that rocked me to the core of who I am and when I lost my mom, I then realized I am now an orphan.  No matter the age you are when losing your parents, it still rocks you and then I asked this question, "Who am I?", and "Where do I belong?"  I have lost everyone in my family including grandparents, aunts and uncles and every once in a while, that feeling of deep despair rises up inside of me and I do cry and I do remember the good times, thanks to the memories and thanks to Jesus.  If anyone has lost a loved one, my heart goes out to you for we all like Rev. Dion said will eventually experience that deep loss, but know that God, Our Heavenly Father is with us ALWAYS and He does understand. May the peace of Jesus be with you Always!  In His Precious Name I Pray, Amen!!

Mar 6
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

AMEN

Mar 6
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus, for the times of sorrow and for being with us always. Speak to me 'in a way I can understand 'cause I need Your help and support on times as this, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord for protecting us, Amen. 

Awesome devotional Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

Mar 6
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Mar 6
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Mar 6
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you, Pastor Dion for today's devotion! God bless you and Sylvia!! Thank you, Father God for sending your son Jesus Christ to die for me in my place, and to be raised from the dead and be my Savior. Thank you for your love that I don't deserve and thank you for always forgiving me when I mess up!

Mar 6
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Mar 6
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen!

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Mar 6
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

The Death of my wonderful husband Charlie nearly seven years ago devastated me. I thought I'd die of a broken heart. I had to pray for God to help me. Thank you God. 

Mar 6
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen Jesus please comfort the hurting in your perfect way we love and worship you always Lord!

 

Mar 6
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Mar 7