by Kay D. Rizzo

February 12

Sacrifice of Gladiators

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world. John 16:33, TLB.

In ancient Rome, Nero is said to have killed 10,000 gladiators and Christians, along with 8,000 animals, in a 100-day period.

Beneath the floor of the Roman Colosseum were cells and cages to hold the wild animals and the people to be sacrificed for the pleasure of the nearly 1 million Roman citizens. Trapdoors raised the participants of the next event to the arena. Beyond the Colosseum was an underground disposal pit for the dead carcasses-animal and human alike.

But remember, a lot of living and praising was going on in those dank cells by Christians who were to be burned at the stake or ravaged by lions. God’s faithful proclaimed the name of Jesus to slaves and gladiators alike. Hearts were being soft­ened and lives changed even as the crowds above their heads cheered their brothers’ and sisters’ deaths. These children of God weren’t afraid, because they trusted their Savior.

Troubles will come. Jesus said so, but He also said He overcame those troubles for us. And He promises a new life forever and ever and ever in His perfect world. Pretty good exchange, huh?

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About "Popsicles, Black Holes and Burnt Toast"

So far today I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, havent lost my temper, havent been greedy, grumpy, or nasty. But in a few minutes, God, Im going to get out of bed, and from then on Im going to need more help. If your morning is anything like that, then start it out right with a revelation from Rizzo. She always has something new to say about God. It wont take long, but the smile in your heart will last the day. You'll encounter eggs that explode and missiles that dont. You'll meet Cha-Cha, the parrot that learned how to order the dog to bring in the cows, then take them back to pasture againover and over. And that's just the first two weeks! The rest of the book really is out of this world, with tales of triumph and tragedy, and stories terrestrial and extraterrestrial.
Kay Rizzo

Kay resides with her husband and business partner, Richard, in California's San Joaquin Valley. Her greatest riches include her hubby of 40+ years; her two daughters, two sons-in law, two grandsons and a cat named Pepsi.