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“The Last Word”

Our Lenten Devotion for Easter Sunday, April 17, comes to us from Steadfast Love which features reflections and prayers by Ed Arle and Gil Duchow with inspiration from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen.

19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 1 Corinthians 15:19-20

 

“The Last Word”

“Forming a community with family and friends, building a body of love, shaping a new people of the resurrection: all of this is not just so that we can live a life protected from the dark forces that dominate our world; it is, rather, to enable us to proclaim together to all people young and old, white and black, poor and rich, that death does not have the last word, that hope is real and God is alive”

(from With Burning Heart, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, page 86Henri)


On January 30, 1986, millions of school children watched the memorial service for Christa McAuliffe, the teacher and astronaut who died in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. The most comfort and hope that the cleric offered a grieving nation was to say that she would live on in our memories. St. Paul, however, offers genuine and lasting comfort and hope. Jesus does not merely live on in our memories. Paul assures us that Jesus was truly raised from the dead, victorious over the power of death and the grave. Our hope in Christ is real. God is alive! Our Easter faith gives us a lifelong mission – to proclaim to all people that death does not have the last word. Because Jesus lives, we can confidently face every tomorrow with the promise of eternity as our true hope.

 

Friends –

The promise of Resurrection surrounds our life and reminds us that God will be loving us in death, even as God has loved us in life. This promise is the center of our hope, even during our most devastating situations.

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Risen Savior your victory over death gives you the last word. Death is done. Heaven is real. Thank you for your steadfast love. Alleluia! Amen.

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