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He is not here; He has risen!

 

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.”
Luke 24: 1-8 (NIV)

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Imagine going to the funeral of a dear relative or friend. You watch them lower the casket into the ground. You say goodbye through your tears. The next day you go to put some additional flowers on the gravesite and to reflect quietly on your own. As you approach you can see something is terribly wrong. Wreaths are scattered all over the place and freshly turned soil is everywhere. There is a big hole in the ground. You hold your hand over your heart to keep it from jumping out of your chest as you venture nearer and look down.  There is nothing there.  No coffin, no body, nothing. What would you do?

I have no idea what I would do.  For sure I would not be able to sleep at night for a very long time so imagine if I had been the one to go to Jesus’ tomb with the women … and as for seeing two men in gleaming clothes too? I done faint away and pass out aka bring on the smelling salts.

But I hold these particular verses very dear especially on those days when things are tough; when everything goes wrong and what should have been right is still wrong. Those are the times when I reach out to take hold of Luke 24:1-8 and tell myself: “Girl, Jesus is risen! He conquered death and is alive so hello? He’s got your back!”

So how do we move out of the dark shadow of the wilderness into the light? How do we make it from today to tomorrow without having that nervous breakdown or out-of-body experience? Well for starters, we refuse to let the devil keep us suffocated under the details of daily living. We refuse to let him make us forget that Jesus is not dead but very much among us. We strongly grab on to our rope of faith and hold on tight, tight, tight. We continue to look for the signs that show how much God loves us; things like a beautiful blue sky or wonderful yellow flower. But most of all, we do not ever – ever, ever, ever – look for the living among the dead.

Happy Easter! May God continue to bless us all, now and forever. Amen.

 

“The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.” ~ Basil Hume

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” ~ Pope John Paul II

 


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Lord, where is the sign?

“Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” Isaiah 7:11
There have been several searches showing up on my blog for this phrase or some derivative: “Lord please give me a sign!” I do have a post with that title and after reading it, some readers actually leave comments explaining in a few words why they need a sign or why they are looking for one from God in the first place. It’s actually the most read post every single day. Maybe it’s because a sign positively points us in the right direction, keeps us on track and helps us not to get lost (well most of us anyway) but it is a fact that life can be so hard we can miss the most obvious of signs as more and more of us:
  • struggle to make ends meet
  • work harder than hard at the office while remaining pleasant to the back stabbers and rumour mongers
  • try to smile in church at the parishioner who persists in bad talking our good name with others
  • love the spouse who seems more unloveable than normal
  • struggle to be patient with the teenager or child who persists in testing our patience beyond its limits
  • deal with the loss of a loved one or manage a terminal illness
  • try to fit more hours into our days
This list is not exhaustive but beware: the devil sends intense situations to distract us and this is exactly when we may think we need an indication (or two or three) from God confirming we are still on His path. Isn’t it great then to get a little love or hug from the Father to encourage us to keep moving forward one day at a time, one step at a time? Things like seeing a beautiful flower growing out of a rock or a rainbow thrown across a blue sky after lots of rain, getting a call from a friend, a $50 bill turning up in a pocket or handbag (just like that!), an invitation to lunch, a surprise comment from your boss saying job well done, a situation where the mouth of the lion was figuratively closed while you stood in its den like Daniel – can you agree?
Photo by Nathan Weithers

Photo by Nathan Weithers

For example, my neighbour’s female dog is ready to mate. Nathan’s dog (isn’t he cute in the photo above?) is going totally berserk as a result because although really old – like the dog is at least 80 in dog years – he thinks he can still be a stud (go figure). So he barks and barks and barks all night long at the female who persists in putting her big behind right opposite his nose on the other side of the fence. Not being able to take it anymore he then digs a big hole under the fence – twice! – and gets into the neighbour’s yard. But guess what? He’s still tied … like seriously? How was that ever going to work? And did I mention that he is really small and the female dog is really huge? And now as result of his overactive hormones, I have to stop what I’m doing to call my neighbour on her mobile and she has to come out (from whatever she is doing) to free him, put him on a lead and get him back to me so I can return him to where I know he belongs but where he does not want to be. The sign that God is with us? At least my neighbour and I actually get to talk to each other other than wave from afar in the distance, catch up on each other’s news and lament together on how very very silly dogs can be. She even lent me a longer thicker stronger tie-out chain …. errr, ok. I took that as a sign too which meant ‘let me help you to keep your dog in by you and not out by me for the time being!’
Sometimes it’s not totally clear but God’s loving signs are all around us, evidence of His promises never to leave us or forsake us. Let’s therefore try our best to keep the faith while taking the time to truly see what is all around us.
Has God shown you His love recently? Leave a note in the comments and thanks for visiting.

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Lord give me a sign (please)!

road humps ahead, life challenges

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“Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” Isaiah 7:11

You are driving along the highway on the way to visit a friend. Directions to her home are sketchy at best. You’re looking for some sort of landmark, anything to show you’re on the right road.  You have an idea of where you’re going … well kind of … you press on. As the sun sets it begins to get dark. Continue reading