Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

April 4, 2010

The Power is in the Presence

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

You have read about my maternal grandmother.  It was the blog about True Grit.  I shared how her husband, my grandfather, was a man of integrity and responsibility.  After the bank collapsed, he made good every deposit, just as he had promised.  He then became the warden of the county prison.

He was  concerned about the families of prisoners who did not have family or relatives to care for them.  In 1920, many families of prisoners became destitute without aid.  My grandfather built rooms under the large house to make a place for these families.  That would certainly give inspiration!

Many wonderful stories have been shared about his spirit.  Each time I learned something new about him, my respect and admiration for him increased.  There are so many characteristics about him I would desire.  His life has truly been an inspiration to me.

But I never knew this grandfather.  He died when my mother was only 16 years of age.  To have been around him, however, I believe would have been a strong influence in who I would become.  Being with him surely would have affected my life more than just the inspiration I have received.

My grandmother, on the other hand, had a different influence in my life.  For most of my young years, we lived in a part of the large home she occupied.  I was around her everyday.  She was there when I hurt myself.   She had a special way of drying up my tears.  She could give me encouragement and advice.  She would  give me tasks to do, yet show me how to do them.  Through my relationship with her, my life was truly changed.  There was a day to day involvement that exceeded mere inspiration.

Though I was inspired by the stories of my grandfather, he did not change my life. He had long departed this earth.   But my grandmother was fully alive, and I knew her intimately.  Here is the message of Easter.  Only an alive person can change us; others can only inspire.

If Jesus Christ was a mere historical figure who lived upon this earth, died, and was buried, and that was the end, He could only inspire.  But because He is alive, we can know Him intimately and our lives can be forever changed!

At Easter we celebrate that Jesus Christ is more than a historical individual.  We rejoice that He is eternally alive because of His resurrection from the grave.  His aliveness, in us, makes all the difference!

The power we need in our lives comes from His presence in us.  Christ in us brings the power to live forever in Heaven, and the power to live victoriously while here on earth.  I assure you I know what I am talking about.  It was not a historical figure, but the resurrected Christ, who in 1946 walked into my life . . . and I have forever been changed!  I marvel in the power of His presence within me!

Celebrate Easter!       

 “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.'”  (Matthew 28:5,6)  “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection . . . . ”  (Philippians 3:10)




  1. A blessed Easter to you and your family! Did you know your blog would be an inspiration for others as you wrote about your memories? How you see God’s hand in so many things, is challenging me to take a look at my world through a different lens. Thankyou for your honesty and vulnerability.

    Comment by Angela — April 4, 2010 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  2. Angela, Thank you for your comment. I don’t often respond, especially in this forum. I get many comments through personal emails, and I do respond to some of those because of attempting to minister, etc. But I appreciate the opportunity to honor my Lord. I never anticipated the large readership of my blogs. It started, as I said with my first blog, as a challenge from my grandson. I soon found that I was using a verse or two of Scripture with most of the blogs. They still are not inteneded to be devotional, but they do reflect that God is involved in everything I do. I did not always recognize that, but now as I look back–He was there all the time! I want my blogs to present a God that is involved in my daily life, especially to those who are reading but do not know Him as we do! God’s best to you as you live for Him.

    Comment by lawsonjolly — April 4, 2010 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

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