Joy in the Journey

“It is faith that what happens to me matters to God as well as to me that gives me joy, that promises me that I am eternally the subject of God’s compassion, and that assures me that the compassion was manifested most brilliantly when God came to us in a stable in Bethlehem.”  Madeline L’Engle

According to history and tradition, yesterday the journey to the cross was completed again, Jesus rose from the grave, defeating death and giving believers the hope of heaven.  It’s always a difficult journey to consider, no matter how old you are, or how many years you’ve considered it for.  It’s a journey that began in an unassuming place, a stable in Bethlehem.  It’s a journey taken completely on faith: God’s faith in Jesus, Jesus’ faith in us, our faith in Jesus and God.

It’s a journey that ultimately means we’re not alone in the world.  God cared enough about us to send His own son to die for our sins, to give us the freedom to be saved and have eternal life.   In most religious histories you don’t find the gods actually caring about humans.  They may feel guilty about something or feel generous and sprinkled a couple treasures down to earth, but no one else actually, truly seems to care about humans.

But even bigger, God’s heart is an example of how we should treat others.  Jesus spent His time on earth healing, caring, loving and sharing.  As imperfect humans we’re not likely to always be loving and compassionate, but we can certainly try.

This week, as you reflect on Easter, know that you’re cared for by God, He won’t let you slip away.

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