Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Because He Lives

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  Two days later, I am carrying thoughts of the wonder of the resurrection with me.  The cross.  The empty tomb.  The depth of all that means for a Christian. The defeat of sin and death.  Eternal life and the promise of reunion with those that we love and are missing.  And....having a living Lord to serve and to worship.  Who desires fellowship with even me!  All that Easter did and continues to do for us - truly, it is more than we comprehend!

For me, because of Easter, grief need not overwhelm me.  Past sins and regrets do not define me.  As the hymn goes, "and life is worth the living....because He lives."  That is the thought behind the name of this blog.  I am able to trade my "ashes" for a life that is worth living - and that glorifies God - because of Christ's death on the cross....and His resurrection.

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.  Isaiah 61:3

Haiku poetry has a certain number of syllables and, traditionally, is written about nature and the natural world.  I like it because it forces you to choose purposeful words to express a thought simply and purposefully.  With thoughts of God's faithfulness, the hope of Heaven because of Easter, and, as well, my reason for blogging.... this is my attempt at haiku today.

Beauty for Ashes
Hope, Joy and Purpose Each Day
All Mine By the Cross

2 comments:

  1. Hope, joy, and purpose, all because He lives. Thank you for sharing this truth. I am stopping by from Porch Stories.

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  2. Thank you for your encouraging thoughts.

    When our hearts are saddened, grieving or in pain,
    By Your touch You call us back to life again;
    Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
    Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

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