Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 13, 2017

Hope With Expectation

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25 (KJV)

While Easter is anticipated as a family holiday for many, it remains bittersweet to mine.    What began as a beautiful Spring day tragically ended in indescribable, horrific heartbreak.   Nothing could have prepared our family or altered God’s unfolding and unpredictable plan that Good Friday afternoon.   Though time has elapsed since my only brother was tragically killed, people continue to question the bearableness of that day; heart wrenching grief capable of causing physical and emotional pain.  Has life moved on?  It has; however recovery has been ongoing – it’s been said that we will learn more in ten days of agony than in ten years of contentment.

Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection are why we celebrate the Easter season; however, it was also bittersweet for God the Father to witness the torture, betrayal, verbal accusations, unbelief, and death of His only Son.   This supernatural love willingly withstood pain and gave sacrificially.  Christ’s death brought new life – His resurrection new hope.  The ‘ole saying:  Earth’s loss -Heaven’s gain could be revised Heaven’s loss – Earth’s gain.

Hope will always outweigh the heaviness of reminiscing!   Strong and confident hope gives peace, strength, endurance, and comfort.  During the Easter season memories surface, but lingering isn’t an option.    Concentrating on the awesomeness of Christ and the privilege of serving Him solidifies purpose today, anticipation for Heaven one day, and assurance I will see my brother again. Hope gives purpose today and anticipation for tomorrow.

“Lord, please allow hope and purpose to fill my life.”

 

For His Glory

Patsy Sanders
TRBC Women’s Life

 

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