There were so many reminders that spoke of the light, the hope, the resurrection. That's what we're celebrating today. It is easy to leave resurrection as something that promises eternal life, and certainly, that's my belief. That's what the sermon was about. But only focusing on eternal life leaves a lot untouched. It's not wrong to want a better life now. So often, I felt that it was. But there's hope for now, on earth kinds of troubles like health problems and homelessness. I like this passage from James, because it explains a lot of what I feel must be a part of my life in regards to how I live and even, for me which careers I'm lead to. It's also the reason I think it's not unreasonable to hope for have improvements in our lives. It's from James 2:
his 14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
Max Lucado, a prolific Christian writer has a piece called "He COULD Have, But Didn't". I lost it when the microdrive it was saved on crashed. But the idea is that Jesus could have said "no", but He didn't. That's very powerful. When I consider all of what He went through, just to save us, it's pretty much amazing. How many times do we think the words "no one know's what it's like."? I know I have felt that way. And yet, Jesus was miss-understood, mocked and suffered. He knows about pain. He knows all of it.
It's easy to loose track of this. I know I do all too frequently. Today is a chance to have that reminder.
Today we went to church. I was able to share with others, and see how friends are doing. That was pretty great. And seeing a friend feeling and sounding better gave me hope. Seeing someone, a friend, a writer... or Jesus who's coming through provides just that little glimmer of light saying "it is possible and you aren't alone"
These truths apply to almost anything, breaking a bad habit, making a difficult change, facing a tough week at school or work, repairing a relationship, health issues, high pain levels or any other struggle. It's my hope that each person who reads will find a glimmer of hope, something that says "improvement is possible, and you are not alone".