I Believe!

Some experiences change the way we look at certain things, don’t they? For example, the reality of the resurrection means more to me now than it did before my daddy died on March 6, 1982. That year, as always, the Christian community placed much emphasis on the resurrection of Christ. But that first Easter after Daddy passed away, the songs and sermons about the resurrection affected me on a deeper level than ever before. And although years have passed, I continue to be deeply moved by truths such as these words spoken by Jesus: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26, New International Version).
In the midst of the shock and sadness accompanying Daddy’s death, there was joy, too, every time I acknowledged that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead would also, one day, bring Daddy out of his grave!
The apostle Paul portrays that resurrection with these words: “According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, NIV.)
Those words comfort me by reminding me that a bodily resurrection will take place some wonderful day. And though I continue to miss Daddy so much, I do not grieve as do those who have no hope of a life beyond this earthly one.
Since Daddy died, the account of Christ’s resurrection is, for me, more than a story about something miraculous that happened to Jesus a long time ago. Wonderful though that was for Him, His resurrection holds good news for me, too! Because Christ lives, my daddy (and other loved ones!) and I will live again, even though physical death brings to an end our earthly journey and severs the ties that bind us here.
Because I believe that, Easter of 2004 finds me celebrating (once again!) the Lord’s resurrection and anticipating yet another resurrection, one that will include a glad reunion!
© 2004 by Johnnie Ann Burgess Gaskill, who welcomes visitors to her website: http://eThomaston.net/johnnie.
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