What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.
But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own. 1 John 3:1-3
The day after Easter I followed my normal schedule. I woke up at 5:30, went to the gym, worked out for 20 minutes, then went to Seal Beach to do my daily devotion. As I drove down the little hill into the parking lot I saw our beautiful Easter Cross with all the lovely colors still fresh from the day before. Along with that striking image there was something else, totally unexpected, that filled my heart with joy. The banner of HOPE written in red hanging on the windbreak!. It had inadvertently been left behind the previous morning, and there it remained, 24 hours later, proclaiming to the community that with the empty cross, there is HOPE.
Each year hundreds of people not only come to our Easter morning Sunrise service, but for the next few days pass by the flowered cross, and this year the word of hope. What a testimony to the wonder of God’s love.
This was our seventh Easter on Seal Beach and it was spectacular. Rev. Dan Gibson gave the Easter message. His focus was built on an experience at his internship site in Nome, Alaska. He talked about how in the long winters the city and commerce was boxed in with no escape, in or out, because of the iced-over ports. But come the Spring, shouts of “Open water” resounds throughout the land. The ice is breaking up and the supply ships can come in.
And so it is with the resurrection: we have “Open Water!” because of Christ.
We continue to share the Gospel with all who come to the beach. Please continue to lift us up before the Lord and come visit this summer. Sundays, 7:15 and 8:00am
Go in Peace…Surf the Lord