Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. None of you shall go outside the door of your house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. – Exodus 12:22-23 NRSV
The blood on the frame of the door must have made a powerful statement in my life from a young boy. To this day, the “blood covering” is part of my prayer life. I travel quite a bit, and whenever I enter a hotel room, I touch all the walls, floor and jump to the ceiling and I am covering my room with the “blood” because I have no idea what spirit could have been left there from the previous guests. It may be extreme. It reminds me to this day that in reality it was representing the sacrifice Jesus made as the Lamb of God. He was my passover and it was His death that gave me life.
‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ – Luke 15:6 NRSV
I am so glad Jesus loves me with an unconditional love. I would be in ruin today if that were not so. I still cannot get over that He rejoices in finding me. My parents never joy’d in me when I did something wrong – I still grew up in an era of spanking and my parents gave liberally in such deliveries.
“And now they mock me in song; I am a byword to them.” – Job 30:9 NRSV
I think I spoke too soon – God does take a moment of two to make sure I stay humble. This is not the only time in the Bible that He used this method to bring back a lost soul and to teach them humility (Lamentations 3:14). But He always brings me back with love – that is what matters most.
Let all that you do be done in love. – 1 Corinthians 16:14 NRSV
There are many of us who serve Christ in places of danger. Others who find themselves in leadership in the Church where they are entrusted with the spiritual lives. I find myself praying like this — Lord, may I find myself willing to love as much as You do, judge very little, joy in lives that were lost and are now found, stay humble and be a servant for You and most of all, may I never forget what You did for me. May I have as much grace to give as I have received. Thank you.