“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The ones who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this? ~ John 11:24-26 (NIV)
Death is not something most of us find comfortable discussing. Whether it’s our own innate self-protective tendencies or our culture that’s always willing to help us find new ways to numb our hearts — we all must come face to face with the 100% certainty that one day, we will be returned to dust from whence we came. Does that thought cause you anxiety?
What culture, and unfortunately so many of us of faith, don’t walk freely in is the deep hope for ‘the end of the story’. This is a hope that accepts the inevitability of death but also rejoices, and even anticipates, the resurrected new life promised to us by a loving God, a wonderful Saviour.
This year as we eagerly wait to proclaim the Risen Lord, I encourage you to check-in with your hearts — is there anxiety, uncertainty or doubt clouding your ability to receive this hope of resurrected life? If so, first know that you aren’t alone. Second, recognize that this is a journey and it takes time and repetition to trust and surrender. And third, the Lord is with you in your fear, in fact, He’s been there and knows exactly how you feel. If you’re struggling in this area, I pray you’d lean into Jesus and that He would set your hearts free as we make our way towards the triumph of Easter.
Donna Mitchell – National Director