When our pastor spoke those words from the platform on Easter morning 1992, I fought the urge to call out, “Right here in the fifth row!”
My heart was shattered. It had been only eight months since I’d given birth to a stillborn baby girl. All I could think about was the heavy loss of holding a tiny child who never stirred, and never made a sound. Night after night I lay awake for hours, my home hollow of a newborn cry.
My good friend, Tami, sent flowers with a small note card. It captured my heart so well, we had it engraved on my daughter’s grave marker: “Mary Beth Hare. August 10, 1991. Stillborn but still loved.”
Sunday, we celebrate Resurrection Sunday. When Christ died on the cross, He took our griefs: Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4) . . .” Christ did it. He gave His life for us. But it gets better: the story of redemption.
My dear friend Cynthia Wall wrote about trusting God:
“God promises that if we trust Him in the hardest, most painful parts of our lives, He will create something beautiful and good out of gut-wrenching experiences. Our tears of trust will water those seeds of faith, and eventually we’ll have armloads of miracles that point right back to our amazing God.”
Friend, are you grieving a loved one? You’re in good company. You share a unique bond with others with similar losses. Maybe you’ll have a chance to offer kindness and comfort in a way that only you can do with your unique story. You’ll be in a position to pour into them:
[God] . . . comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Corinthians, 1:4, NIV).
As I celebrate Your life, death, and resurrection, Jesus, I surrender my loss, heartache, and raw pain to You. Fill my senses in quiet moments alone with You. Bring me the warmth of Your tangible love. Walk me through the excruciating pain and dispel the anxiety of upheaval of my plans. Reach deep within and bring irreversible peace as Your calm center becomes mine. Bring me others with similar losses, so I can light the path along their arduous way.
Jesus Christ, You are risen! Your resurrection power is doing a deep work of healing in me today.
Friend, how is Resurrection power at work in you right now? Who can you reach with Resurrection Life?