Recently I had the chance to attend a friend’s celebration of life service via a life stream from Orange, CA. This service for me was one of the greatest forms of worship I’ve experienced in years, all while sitting in my living room, staring at my iPad screen, 3000+ miles away from where the event was taking place.

We sang songs of who our God is. We cried tears of sadness that Christine is no longer a part of the lives of the people she touched while here on this Earth. She is instead in the loving arms of her Savior, her Savior that became a part of her life on day two of her 21,366 day Earthly stay. “Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you” Job 14:5

I was reminded of the simple truths of scripture, simple yet sometimes so hard to remember when going through this life. “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so...” Remember those words? How many times have we heard them said… how many times have we sung them in front of children… how many times have we memorized them... they are ingrained in our memory. But have you actually thought about the words? What does this mean for us? How does this impact us today?

I learned though this service and witnessed in Christine’s husband, Todd, and Christine’s life that as children of God we must digest these words. We must commit them to memory. We must devour that book that tells us of God’s love for us in Christ. It is through those words that we are given new life, that we are reminded that we are not what we do, we are not defined by the times we mess us, we are retold the story of our Jesus, who came as a baby all to live 33 years, 12,045 days on this earth and take our place in death, so that we no longer die but LIVE. “Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17

So what does this mean for us? I’d encourage you this week to put a date with Jesus on your calendar.

Block out 10 mins, 5 mins if you only have that. Turn off the background noise of your life and pull out the book and read. This is one way we connect with God in worship. It realigns us.

How can be in God’s Word together as a family?

Maybe you can pick a small book in the New Testament and all read it throughout the week. One chapter a day. Get together and talk about what you felt God was teaching you throughout the week.

Pick one verse, write it on a note card, a sticky note, and put it on the visor mirror of your car. Each morning pull that down and read it as you drive to work, to drop the kids off at school, to workout. Let it wash over you and remind you of who you are in Christ. 

Say it or sing it out loud, on your own or with your family...

Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible Tells me so
Little Ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is STRONG
Yes, Jesus Loves me
Yes, Jesus Loves me
Yes, Jesus Loves me
The Bible Tells me so...