My friend, may I ask you a question? How thankful should we be that God isn't like Michelangelo, compelled to move on from one, unfinished creation to another? "It is finished!" Could Jesus utter these comforting words from the cross because, unlike us, or the sculptor, there wasn't a detail missed or any part of the job that he could be tempted to skip over or abandon?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

"It is finished!" What a comfort it is to know that something is finished, really finished. I'm notorious for not finishing things, so the words have particular meaning for me. The kitchen addition that I began nearly ten years ago still lacks mopboards. The garden shed needs eaves. And, well, the list is long. With the passage of time things even begin to look finished when they really aren't. But, as the years go by, I've begun to realize that my time is being squeezed. I'm motivated to get things done. Hopefully this year I will be "completely" and totally finished with all of the jobs I've started over the last 15 years. Everything will be varnished, caulked where necessary, stained and finished. Everything, I hope, will be completely and uncharacteristically, totally finished.

Finishing things isn't always easy; and sometimes things, even important things, lack the finishing touch.

Here's a thought from Ronald Meeks: "I've not had the opportunity to travel much, but several years ago my dad won a trip to Italy through his business and he asked me to go along. A highlight of the trip was visiting Florence, the great city of the Renaissance. One afternoon out of curiosity I went to a museum where the some works of Michelangelo were dis- played. As we viewed the half-finished sculpture of St. Matthew the tour guide explained that this unfinished work was a prime example of Michelangelo's philosophy of art. He believed that in a stone there was a figure or statue waiting to be released. The work of the artist was to free the statue from the stone. As I looked at the half-finished statute, I could see that the artist had begun to free the statue but had not been able to complete it. The tour guide went on to explain that Michelangelo had numerous works he never finished. As I thought about the artist's work, I suddenly realized how great it is that God doesn't stop working in OUR lives until he's finished what he intended to accomplish." (Bobby McDaniel)

"It is finished!" How thankful I am that God isn't like me, challenged to finish everything I start. How thankful we all ought to be that He isn't like Michelangelo compelled to move on from one, unfinished creation to another. "It is finished!" Jesus could utter these comforting words from the cross because, unlike me, or the sculptor, there wasn't a detail missed or any part of the job that he could be tempted to skip over or abandon. Simply, He did it all perfectly and completely. What He finished is a work begun in us that will also be completed when we reach our heavenly home. Thank God we won't have to confess, "I didn't get it done, Lord!" Thank God it was already completed for us, that He always finishes what He starts. "It is finished!" The most beautiful words ever heard in the midst of that Good Friday storm

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord On this most holy day we remember with heartache and compassion the sacrifice of our Savior, Your Son, Jesus Christ, on the hill of Calvary two thousand years ago. It was our sins that put Him there and our guilt that caused Him to suffer. Thank You Lord for finishing the work that You started from eternity regarding the atonement for our sin and the price that needed to be paid. Remind us this day and every day that the price is paid, but the price was heavy. More than anything Lord. we thank You for always finishing what You start. In Jesus name. Amen!

May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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