Life Abundant

Times of transition are never easy.  When hope has been lost and we find ourselves walking away from a life we thought would have a different ending, there is sorrow unspeakable and a desert of questions to pass through.  Although God’s mercy and great love send people who help provide missing links to restore us to healthier futures, it’s still a feeling of passing from death and darkness into  what we can’t always see as a new “life abundant”.

Two years ago, on an Easter weekend, I chose to walk away from an existence that felt like a slow death….emotionally, spiritually, physically, and financially.  It required leaving behind things and people for whom I’d cared deeply.  It required trusting God to heal, replace, and restore dreams lost in a confused rubble of good intentions with a partner who once shared a vision and love, but had found others that supplanted priorities once held in common.  But “sacred” means different things to different people, and the hard reality became: to some it means nothing worth sacrificing more to preserve.

This Easter Sunday, new meaning woke me in the reading of the gospels describing what Jesus’ close friends and “family” felt and experienced upon returning to an empty tomb:

Confusion, fear, concern…..until a divine messenger and timely appearances of a miraculous nature not only reassured them, but dramatically catapulted them into a new awareness of a reality beyond their earthly experiences and previous understandings.

Today, I rejoice with other Christians around the world who acknowledge the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ…..a fact that makes His life with us here on earth unique.  Among all other prophets, saints, sages, He alone is the one who conquered the sting of death, giving hope beyond the grave.

He puts the lonely in families, gathers the outcast and marginalized,  serves without fanfare or expectation of gain, takes on the form of a servant, though He is royalty, and most importantly, gives what no other can give:  Abundant Life in return for brokeness and poverty.

I hope and pray you too might know His great forgiveness, mercy, provision, and restoration in this season of resurrected hopes and dreams.  If I have counted you an enemy, I pray for God’s grace to extend forgiveness and love should our paths cross again.  I understand: ” But for the Grace of God, there go I.”

“All my fresh springs are in You, Lord” (Psalm 87:7) 

“The River flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.” (Revelation 22:2)

Let all of our springs flow into the greater River of Life, for the healing of the nations, starting with individuals, the least of which is me, so Abundant Life will become our reality.

 

 

 

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