No More Barrier

Monday, May 23, 2022
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Today, Canadians observe a day named in honour of Queen Victoria, who ruled the British Empire for 63 years from 1837 to 1901. The holiday is celebrated as the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, the currently reigning monarch. As we do so, I am reminded of my encounter with her.

When I was eleven, our family was on holiday in British Columbia. The small town of Lytton, where we stayed one night, was abuzz. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip would be making an appearance at the railway station on their royal train tour across Canada, in just a few hours! We were all excited. The Queen was important to people then. Every baby born on June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth's coronation, received a silver spoon. Every school child received a special coin to commemorate the occasion. A crowd had gathered by the time the royal train finally pulled in. Everyone waved the small Canadian flags that we were given, and a young girl presented the Queen with flowers. Wedged in the crowd, I craned my neck to have a good look. "I was about two inches away from the Queen," I noted in my first diary, followed by six exclamation marks. I was close enough to touch her! Of course, I wouldn't have even dared to touch Her Majesty. It was just enough to be that close, and revel in the experience of seeing the Queen in the flesh. Awe and respect for her authority put up an invisible barrier.

In another crowd, at another time, there was a similar barrier of awe and respect:

Matthew 9:20-22 – Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, "If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed." Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, "Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well." And the woman was healed at that moment. (NLT)

Another crowd had gathered as Jesus hung on the cross.

Matthew 27:51 – At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart. (NLT)

At the moment when Jesus died, God removed the barrier between Himself and humankind. Before this time, only the high priest could go behind the curtain of the Most Holy Place, and then only once a year on the Day of Atonement. He was the only one who could offer sacrifices to deal with the sins of the people. Only he could approach the Lord on their behalf.

Now we can approach God anytime! Because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, we can approach God boldly, and He will hear us and answer our prayers. We have access to Him anytime, anywhere. Let's not be afraid to reach out to Him in any circumstance. He is as near as our breath. We can touch Him!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for removing the barrier that separated us from Yourself. Thank You that we can connect with You anywhere at any time. Thank You that You are so close to us that we can touch You, and You can touch us. We thank You, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Alice Burnett <terrencera.burnett@gmail.com>
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Thanks, Alice, for the great reminder.


    Thank you for your good words today, Alice.


    Thank you, Alice, for clarifying this important teaching.


    What an awesome experience! What an interesting historical devotional!
    Thank you for sharing. Blessings.


    Thanks, Alice, for summarizing so succinctly what our small group spent quite a lot of time going over in Hebrews.
    Peace,
    (Ont)


    Thank you, Alice, for another of your very explanatory and most meaningful devotionals. We need give endless gratitude to our God for always “being right there” for us at all times. No barrier, no refusal, to our seeking Him at any time! Blessings for your devotional writings.


    Lovely devotion today! Thank you. One of the most extraordinary things in the Bible is the moment during the crucifixion when the curtain between the Holy of Holies was “RENT” from the TOP to the bottom. No longer do humans have to go through the High Priest. We can now go directly to the Lord.


    Good morning, Alice,
    Thank you so much for sharing a vivid personal experience and relating it so beautifully to scripture.
    I did not know about the silver spoons or coins. What a lovely connection with the children of Canada.
    Blessings on your day.


    My Dear Friend Alice, you have once again made my day!!! God has given you a special gift of writing and spiritualizing an experience in your life, then passing it on to goodness knows how many!!! Thank you so very much
    Thank You Lord. Now I look forward to more blessings you have to share with us. May the Lord bless you in many special and surprising ways.
    (So. Cal.)


    Thanks so much for this touching memory!
    As you will know, Lytton was engulfed by a fire last year. It’s in complete ruins. Work has not yet begun on its restoration.
    Thank God that we have “fire insurance” through the death and resurrection of Jesus and will be with Him and His Son in eternity.
    Bless you, your inspiration, and your memory-bank!
    (BC)


    Hello Alice,
    Reading this devotional evoked a personal memory and an encouraging reminder. Thanks for another of your fine installments. When belief in the Revelation of Messiah is taken seriously, miracles occur. On the occasion of our Monarch’s coronation, a copper medallion was handed to each child in my one-room school which commemoration is still a prized possession. About 25 years later, a thief found my small coin collection during a burglary. Miraculously, silver dollars went missing but not that special metal. Even bandits may have respect or perhaps they are fools who take the chaff and leave the grain.


    Good morning, Alice,
    What a wonderful experience you had when you were eleven. I did not know about the silver spoon, or the special coin given out for the Queen’s coronation. Two inches is so close it must have been tempting. I did see the Queen in Toronto in 1973 when she was near the University of Toronto. They allowed us to take time off work to go and see her. I was not close, but I was still pleased to see her.
    You are so right that we have the privilege of access to God at any time because Jesus died on the cross for us. We don’t have to ask someone else to be able to talk with God and feel his comfort, forgiveness, and love. It is a privilege we should not take for granted, but show our appreciation and share our faith.
    May you continue to share your faith and experiences with others, so we can all learn and appreciate what Jesus has given us – a close connection with God. Blessings.


    Thank you, Alice, for today’s devotion.
    Your story brought back memories of myself seeing the queen.
    It was very cold in Montreal, and our Boy Scout Troop was assigned up on Cote St-Catherine, to form the crowd control barrier; we had to hold hands and keep the people back; and my feet froze waiting for the possession to roll by; eventually it did.
    Our leader took us to his place and gave us all hot chocolate after-wards.
    Then in the evening, I dressed back in my civic cloths and went to see her again on St-Catherine Street.
    I can’t imagine how people pushed to see Jesus and want to touch his coat.
    How many of them knew that he was the Messiah.
    But they definitely knew he was special, and they may not have another chance to see him again.
    They were so blessed to be able to see Jesus alive.
    We have the privilege of having Him in our hearts and waiting to see him when he returns.
    Thanks again,
    (Quebec)


    I thank you for this beautiful message of faith and hope that brings us comfort.


    Thank you, Alice, for a very beautiful devotional. We appreciate our exceptional queen.


    What a powerful reminder of your youth experiences and the privilege that brought you to that place and time Alice.
    I once had the privilege and honoured to dine with Prince Philip at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair since I was a member of the Dairy Cattle Show committee at that time. The Duke’s speech was about the preservation of World Wildlife Fund. I remember very little about the speech since one of the Prince’ own security team (of four scattered around the room intended to blend into the crowd) bent over to pick up his napkin and his gun fell from it holster with a loud thump and flipped several times on the floor. I had full view of the incident. I often wondered if he still had his job after causing a distraction during Prince Philip’s speech?
    Blessings.

 



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