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By LISA SCARBOROUGH
May is a month where we celebrate great achievements and great sacrifices.
We are celebrating the achievements of our graduating seniors, as well as those graduating from a higher learning institution. These young adults are setting off into the future whether heading off to college, trade school or some other educational experience or going straight to work. Or they are forging into the work place with a new certificate or degree that says they have learned a trade or profession and are ready to explore their new life.
We will also be celebrating those who have served in our military. Men and women who have chosen the highest sacrifice, to give their lives for others so that we might be free to live and strive for happiness. Each day our military men and women face this possibility when they join up to serve our country.
This makes May a month of happiness and joy as well as a month of sadness and remembrance. So take the time to encourage a new graduate and console with those who have lost loved ones in the defence of our country.
But every day Christ gives us the ultimate reason for celebration, it is the gift of eternal life through his sacrifice for our salvation and return to a real relationship with God the father. In John 3:16, we see the ultimate sacrifice, a Son given over to a horrible death on the cross so that each and everyone of us can choose to be forgiven and free in Christ. Then there is a party!
It says in Luke 15:10, (“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”) that the angels rejoice in heaven when someone accepts the gift of salvation. What a party that must be, millions of angels celebrating when just one person decides to join the family of God.
Unlike years of preparation for finishing high school or college, we can join the family of God with just a simple prayer and declaration of repentance. And we don’t have to choose death, Jesus did that for us when he willingly walked to the cross and allowed the Romans to sacrifice him. Becoming a Christian is a simple and easy procedure but it must be done with a desire to change and be renewed.
If you have not taken this step into new life, this can be your time. There is a party waiting for you, a chance to celebrate a turning to God and his provision and protection in your life. Choose to celebrate!
Lisa Scarborough is executive director of Love In Action, Ketchikan.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.