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BRIDGING THE GAP by Leslie L. McKee
Saturday, April 4, 2020 by Patti Shene

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR LESLIE MCKEE TO PATTI’S PORCH. LESLIE REMINDS US OF THE TRUE MEANING OF EASTER AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ALL OF US.

 

 

 

BRIDGING THE GAP

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Leslie L. McKee

 

 

 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

  • John 14:6 (NIV)

 

 

As a small child, I really enjoyed Easter. I’d wear a cute new outfit, and I’d have fun searching with my brother for our Easter baskets full of small toys and candy. Then, when I started school, we’d have Easter egg hunts outside and days off for Spring Break. What’s not for a child to enjoy?

 

 

However, as I got older, I began to understand and appreciate the significance of and the true meaning behind Easter … and I discovered that it was so much more than frilly outfits and chocolate bunnies.

 

 

Easter is a reminder of how much Jesus loves us. Jesus gave up His life and rose again on Easter so that we may have eternal life.

 

 

Jesus told today’s verse to His disciples. Jesus is the way. Our path to eternal life can only come through accepting Him as our savior. When we decide to follow Jesus, it’s a life-changing decision. In John 11:25-26, Jesus reminds Martha about this: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

 

 

After hearing these verses at church with my grandparents one Easter, I never viewed the day the same.

 

 

The day Jesus died is often referred to as “Good Friday.” While the day wasn’t good for Jesus, it certainly was good for those who follow Him. His death brought salvation to us, His beloved children.

 

 

A perfect, holy God can’t coexist with sinful humans. Our sin alienates us from God. On our own, we can never be good enough or do enough to earn our way into heaven. But because of what happened on Good Friday and Easter, Christ-followers have eternal life. Jesus bridged the gap for us. Our sin debt was paid in full by what Jesus did on the cross. The cross is where God’s mercy and justice meet. As a result of Jesus’s sacrifice, we are allowed into God’s presence. We have perfect reconciliation with the Father through Jesus’s “perfect 10.”

 

 

While there is nothing wrong in partaking in Easter egg hunts and parties, it’s imperative that we do not forget the most important event that took place on Easter Sunday:

 

 

He is not here; he has risen!

  • Luke 24:6 (NIV)

 

 

Lord, saying thank You doesn’t even come close to being enough for what You endured for me. Help me to never forget how much You love me. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Leslie L. McKee is an editor, reviewer, and author. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Christian PEN. Some of her devotionals were published in 2017 compilations by Ellie Claire: Just Breathe and Refresh Your Soul. Another is in Breathe: Devotions to Quiet the Soul, published in 2020. Her flash fiction story, “A Knight to Remember,” was published in Splickety Magazine’s September 2018 issue, and “Love on the Scrambler” in Spark Flash Fiction’s July 2019 issue.

Leslie enjoys reading, playing piano, crocheting, spending time with family and friends (and her turtle!), and rooting for the NY Giants.  Connect with Leslie:

Website: www.leslielmckee.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/leslielmckee

Instagram: www.instagram.com/leslielmckee

Twitter: www.twitter.com/leslielmckee

 

 

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Comments

amre From idaho At 4/6/2020 11:39:07 AM

Absolutely beautiful, Leslie. Loved how you put it - Good Friday wasn't good for Jesus but it was good for us! Very powerful piece and a wonderful reminder! Thank you! He is Risen!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Amre. He is risen indeed! Thank you for leaving a commentt and contributing to the discussion. Stay safe and stay healthy!

Vivian Furbay From Colorado Springs. CO At 4/6/2020 6:59:31 AM

Enjoyed this message.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a message for Leslie. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Leslie From At 4/4/2020 5:52:16 PM

Thanks for having me on your blog, Patti!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you for sharing your inspirational message about Easter and reminding us of the great sacrifice our Savior made when He gave His life for each of us.

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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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