by Ruth Storkel
Easter, Resurrection Sunday, is rapidly approaching on April 9. It’s a joyful time of remembering! We remember that Jesus gave His all, dying on the cross to pay the price for our sins. We remember that He was buried and arose from the tomb by God’s mighty power. We have great hope because we know that He is alive forevermore. As the Gaither song declares: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives, all fear is gone;” we find great comfort and joy in the knowledge that He is alive today and His love is continuously reaching out to us in our personal lives. No matter what our circumstances, He has promised us: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
A few years ago, I was visiting friends in the beautiful lakes region of Northern Idaho. One day they took us to a small town called “Hope” for lunch at a quaint dining spot. After enjoying the food, we drove eastward, heading into some forested areas. Suddenly we saw a humorous sign which announced that we had come to a place called “Beyond Hope” (there we saw many deer, trees, etc.) I was thankful that while we were in a physical location called “Beyond Hope,” we are never at “Beyond Hope” spiritually, regardless of what dark pit or adverse circumstances we find ourselves in. With God, we are never “Beyond Hope.” He is “The God of Hope” (Romans 15:13)
Truly, with God, all things are possible!
As we approach the Easter season, let’s remember that God resurrected Jesus from the dark tomb, and He is willing and eagerly waiting to resurrect and restore us, too, giving us His abundant life!
Be watching for articles of encouragement in The Gem during this season as we share “Easter Reflections: Because He Lives” with you.
Happy spring, and God bless you!