Hope through dark times

Today I am meditating on the day after Christ's crucifixion. This day in Holy Week  doesn't get as much press as a joyous Easter sunrise service. 

The time between death and resurrection can be a pain-filled and confusing experience of jumbled memories, questioning, regrets, and anguished prayers. When someone we love dies, something within us dies also. Some wrestle with helplessness and despair.

The disciples experienced many emotions after Jesus died. Mary grieved for her son. The disciples mourned for their mentor and teacher.

If you've ever lost a child or someone you love, then you know something of grief. Perhaps you are grieving today.

God doesn't leave his beloved children bereft.

God's story of redemption doesn't end in death, defeat and destruction, even if it may feel that way for a time.

On a dark day, a time of hurt or grief, I've learned to ask, with the psalmnist:
       Why are you downcast, O my soul?
       Why so disturbed within me?
       Put your hope in God,
       for I will yet praise him,
       my Savior and my God. (Psalms 42:11 NIV)
As helpless children, we can look to our heavenly father. Believers through the centuries have found God willing and able to do for us what we can not do for ourselves. Those who hope in him will not be disappointed.

Related posts:

Beauty for ashes: Home, by the Esh family 

Photo Credits: Brown, (C) 2010.

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