E-votional – I Fly United
April 2, 2001
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose."
-- Philippians 2:1-2
Looking into blue of the sky, watching as the birds glide through the air, as effortless as the wind itself, we can find our self longing to be like the birds.  But because of definite problems with our physical make-up, density of bones, lack of feathers or skin that would allow us to glide, we know we can not do it our self.  Yet, if we look past the birds, we can also see the excitement of flight in airplanes and jets.  Our ability to move beyond our physical limitation, with the aid of a flying machine.  like wise when we look at the depths of our heart and soul we also find there is a life we wish we could live, one being fulfilled, selfless and full of love.
Hear the Good News, it is through Christ, His Passion and His sacrifice that we have a life being fulfilled with selflessness and love.  "Weep not for me," the Man who can say these words upon the cross is also able to save us from our own tears of selfishness and self-pity.  As these tears move those who witness the selflessness, our own tears move from tears of self-pity to tears of remorse and repentance.  If we are able to take into account that possibly the element of our life which holds us back from being like the Man on the cross, from uttering the words "weep not for me," is not about our character, life in general, but about something different, we have hope.This coming Sunday we remember both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday.  The triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem.  Today, as with every day there is another Triumphant entry we celebrate, that is the entry of Jesus into our life.  Together, with Christ, we will grow to be a new creation.  Life, lived one day at a time, with encouragement, comfort, love, tenderness, compassion, and fellowship through and within Christ, is a life united and new.

Gracious Father, as I look into the sky, I am reminded of my own limitations, that I can not do everything on my own, and that the world does not revolve around me.  Yet I have Christ in my life, one who reminds me that as I am united with Him, I am able to transcend the limitation of my own heart, having a heart that is near and like Christ.  Thank You for all You have done in my life, and all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray.  Amen.