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May 24

Elizabeth Codner, 1824–1919
  He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. (Psalm 72:6)
The spiritual blessings of a Spirit-filled life are intended for every believer, not just for a favored few.
The author of this hymn text was Elizabeth Codner, the wife of an Anglican clergyman. She was having her personal devotions one day when she became deeply impressed with a verse of Scripture, Ezekiel 34:26:
  I will cause the shower to come down in the season, there shall be showers of blessing.
Mrs. Codner thought about the importance of water in the dry country of Palestine and related this to the necessity of the daily refreshment of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures in a believer’s life. When she was still contemplating this truth, a group of young people from the parish called on her and told the news of their recent trip to Ireland. They related that certain cities and areas of the Emerald Isle had experienced a spiritual awakening durin…
May 24


“What’s all the fuss about?” the skeptic asked. “What are you Christians celebrating anyway?” “Nothing,” I responded, absolutely “nothing.”

The angel of the Lord proclaimed: “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.” (Matthew 28:6 NASB)

“Nothing” makes the message of Christianity unique. Most world religions have a monument that enshrines their founders in marble and granite as a tribute to their lives and teachings.

Christians have no monuments with the remains of their founder. They took Him from the cross and placed Him in a borrowed tomb. Death and Hell could not keep Him. On the first Easter He burst through the ashen grip of the tomb, defeating the powers of Satan, leaving “nothing” where His cold body was!

“Nothing” gives us power. Sin had a death grip on our lives. It defeated us and lead to spiritual death. He gives us power to live a productive spiritual life. The risen Lord transforms our lives because He break…