Monday, March 19
Scripture for the Day: Ephesians 1
One Thanksgiving, our family and some friends were at the beach in Ecuador for a much needed rest. In the middle of the night, the light on my new cell phone lit up our dark cabin. When I answered the phone, it was my mom, and her first words, referring to my father, were, “God just took him. He just took him.” He suffered a heart attack and died the day after Thanksgiving. My dad was a godly influence in my life and the strong leader of our whole family.
We struggled as we moved through the Christmas season, and Amy Grant’s song, Breath of Heaven, comforted me. The chorus says “Breath of heaven, hold me together. Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven. Breath of Heaven, Lighten my darkness. Pour over me your holiness, for you are holy, breath of heaven.” It was a dark time of grief.
Praise God, however, for Easter, which took on a whole new meaning for me. I had celebrated Easter many times thinking how Jesus had taken my sin, and the “bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross….” However, this Easter I understood another glorious dimension to Easter, that Christ not only conquered sin, but had conquered death! Because Christ died and rose again, I would see my father in heaven again.
Every Easter, I listen to Handel’s Young Messiah to focus on the importance of the holiday. Toward the end, the narrator quotes I Cor. 15: 55-57, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” The song, The Trumpet Shall Sound follows, taken from I Cor. 15:52-53, “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” Handel’s song only has three lines, but they are powerful.
“The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Amy Roedding, Acting Spiritual Formation Director; Alum 85
Thank you dear Father for sending Christ so we can say with confidence and hope – “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” We are listening for your trumpet sound!