Today was difficult. I cried my make up off and it didn’t take many tears to do that, but even still...it was the first time I cried this much in and among my friends and deaconess students. One of our deaconesses sent me a message to let me know that a woman we had been visiting quite regularly had gone severely ill. This morning I received the call that she had passed away early in the morning and they were trying to find enough money to get the body from the hospital to the home. I have written on funerals before and how they have to burry the body immediately so I have explained that things go quite quickly.
While the deaconess students and I are all still learning together how these things work and how we communicate the Gospel in the midst of pain and suffering, we know in one another the unity of Christ that carries us through these difficult events. The woman who died left four children behind, and their pain was made known. They suffered for not being able to stop the effects of sin and death upon their mother. My friends; the deaconesses, suffered for not being able to stop the pain of what that death would bring. I suffered to see the tears that rolled down both the children’s faces, and my friends faces. I suffered because it rendered me helpless. My heart has held many people up in prayer as sin has played it’s nasty final card of death, and every time I feel so powerless. Yet every time my arms are held in those of one who is carrying a cross much larger than mine, I am reminded; here God has given us, one to the other so that He can be made known, and I am humbled and honored.
As I watched both the children and my beloved friends, I saw them fight against death while holding the promise of eternal life within their hands. Here a mother had left her children, yet God has not. God remains present in His word, and in the Body of Christ. Here in the final days of lent, just before Palm Sunday, a mother no longer walks the lenten path of repentance and reflection on her saviors death, but she lives in the light of the resurrection. She lives to sing the Easter hymns now while we remain to sing the lenten ones. She lives to praise her Savior face to face. Tears may flow and doubts, worries, and sadness linger over our heads and block the light of the blistering sun but not the heat itself. Yet; we hold the light of the world and all His promises, and we support and love one another in these promises. Because He lives we too shall live. Because He lives, we cling to those promises in our veil of tears.
Christ Is Risen, Christ Is Living:
1.)Christ is risen, Christ is living, Dry your tears, be unafraid!
Death and darkness could not hold Him, Nor the tomb in which He lay.
Do not look among the dead for One who lives forever more;
Tell the world that Christ is risen, Make it known He goes before.
2.)If the Lord had never risen, We’d have nothing to believe.
But His promise can be trusted: “You will live, because I live.”
As we share the death of Adam, So in Christ we live again;
Death has lost its sting and terror, Christ the Lord has come to reign.
3.) Death has lost its old dominion, Let the world rejoice and shout!
Christ the firstborn of the living, Gives us life and leads us out.
Let us thank our God, who causes Hope to spring up from the ground;
Christ is risen, Christ is giving Life eternal, life profound.
1.) ¡Cristo vive, fuera el llanto, los lamentos, y el pesar!
Ni la muerte ni el sepulcro lo han podido sujetar.
No busquéis entre los muertos al que siempre ha de vivir,
¡Cristo vive! Estas nuevas por doquier dejad oír.
2.) Que si Cristo no viviera vana fuera nuestra fe:
mas se cumple su promesa: ¨Porque vivo, viviréis.¨
Si en Adán entró la muerte, por Jesús la vida entró:
no temáis, el triunfo es vuestro: ¡El Señor resucitó!
3.) Si es verdad que de la muerte el pecado es aguijón,
no temáis pues Jesucristo nos da vida y salvación
Gracias demos al Dios Padre que nos da seguridad,
que quien cree en Jesucristo vive por la eternidad. (LSB #479)