Easter Hope

We are entering the Easter season and for me it is a time of renewal and hope.  The winter is over.  Spring is here and everything has an opportunity to grow again.  Do we take that opportunity as well?

We drag a lot of baggage around with us – emotional problems; physical ailments; and mental disabilities.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could just unload those difficulties and start all over again?  Yes it would be wonderful, but not possible.  We are who we are, problems and all.

Why do I think Easter is a season of hope then for all of us?  I have read in the Bible that God accepts us just as we are – warts and all.  There is nothing in all of creation that can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus our Lord.  We are loved and every new morning we can sit up and say, “I am loved by God who created heaven and earth.”

God knows everything about us.  In the book of Psalms, it says that God knew us even before we were formed in the womb.  I love the part in the book of Isaiah where it says our name is written down on the palm of his hand.  When I told one of the Sunday school children this, he said God must have a BIG hand.

I know God has a big heart and each one of us are loved by this wonderful God.  God is love.  Many weddings use the verses found in the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 13 that describe love.  Have you ever thought of the fact that those words are describing God?

It says, “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends…And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

God gives us a new opportunity every morning to wake up and walk with him.  God wants to walk with us throughout our day; giving us wisdom to face each challenge; and caring for each problem that we face.  He wants to rejoice with us in our good times and cry with us in our pain.  God wants to be our constant companion, so that we are never alone.

Just how much does God love us?  God loved us so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Do you want to perish?  I don’t want to perish.  I want life and God is offering us eternal life.  Our new life can start today and will never end when we walk with God.

Enjoy this Easter season by walking with God who loves you.

 

Pastor Glenda