“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:54, 55, NIV)
When our pastor spoke those words from the platform on Easter morning 1992, I fought the urge to shout, “Right here in the back 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 baby whose eyes never opened. She was silent and motionless. Her cry would never awaken me in the lonely hours of the night.
My piano teacher had knit me a woolen blanket for my baby girl, but when she found out about the stillbirth, she gave it to a neighbor instead. She had no idea that I needed to be comforted with that soft piece of wool as I lay awake night after night, wondering when the pain of losing Mary Beth would go away.
On this day, we celebrate Resurrection Sunday. We look forward to reunions with those who’ve reached heaven before us. I’d like to share what 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.”
As we celebrate Your life, death, and resurrection today, Jesus, connect with us at a very real level in our loss, grief, heartache, and emotional pain within. And in doing so, we open that raw pain to You, Holy Spirit. Guide us to a place of new life. Fill our senses with the warmth of our loving Heavenly Father wrapped round us, then Jesus, His Son, walking beside us, and You, Holy Spirit hovering over the chaos and upheaval that the loss represents to us. Reach deep within us, God, and bring an irreversible peace as Your calm center becomes ours. Bring us others with similar losses, that we may light the path along their arduous way.
Jesus Christ, You are risen! We proclaim Your resurrection power is doing a deep work of healing in us today.