1 Thessalonians 4:13-14: "But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died."
As we continue in these 50 days of Easter, we are reminded that we are not uniformed when it comes to death, rather, we are a people of hope because of the resurrection. Last week I enjoyed researching, like a detective, why the events of Jesus' resurrection are considered reliable accounts. It seems clear that the God who created all of life is able to defeat and transform death, and we are the benefactors of this victory.
On Mother's Day I often reflect on and give thanks for my mother as well as on my two grandmothers - both of whom died many years ago. Their names come to my lips whenever we pray for those who have died, "Patricia and Doris," and I am filled with a sense of joyful expectation that one day I will hug and see them again. In this way, I feel as though they are still with me despite the "distance between us" and I look forward to the day of resurrection.
In what ways does the resurrection bring you comfort in these challenging times? How has your life been made different because of the Easter hope we share?