And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came to the sepulcher at the rising of the sun. (Mark 16:2)
I've read two emotionally touching status lines this morning (both posted last night). One I expected to see, the other surprised me. I am going to steal a little from each, and I know neither author will mind. You see, they both know and understand that God has a plan for each of us.
None of us are perfect. We don't only commit sin, by our very nature, we are sin. Many of us have led lives that were not pleasing to the Father, we've committed horrific acts in our past and done things we thought were unforgivable. Then Jesus came into our hearts and wiped away the stain. He made us new! We aren't "holier than thou", we are humans - saved by grace! You may not understand our road, but we do and what's more important - God does! What we once were, what we once did - we will have to account for - we know that. What we have become are children of the Living God! We are not the same despicable people we once were. We are forgiven and we are doing our best to walk in the ways of our Lord. We are not perfect, we still make mistakes - but at least we make the effort each day. Our judge sits on a throne of mercy and grace and we will see the destruction of the enemy!
Our lives are what we put in the "dash" between our date of birth and our date of death on our tombstone. Some of us have a wonderful story to tell, some of us have just existed from one day to the next. When the apostles went to the tomb that first Easter morning, there was no body to be found simply because he had been raised! We know that the resting place for our human remains will not compare the place our soul goes to! Our heavenly home will be free of pain and suffering and always bright! It will be filled with the love of the father and the joy of worshiping him who created each of us.
As we walk our path in life on earth, remember that we all struggle to overcome "demons" and we all have sadness in our hearts. We all deal with them differently but the outcome is still the same. We all live and love the same. We each take a breath and exhale - we experience joy and sorrow - we need nourishment and sleep and we all will die. Don't second-guess the fellow next to you - pray for him - you never know what it is that he or she is going through.
(photo by Celia Darrigo)