Easter is Brave Hope

easter is brave hope

I’ve spent the last week trying to come up with something to encourage you to embrace the hope of Easter. Last year I wrote about how Easter is Real and the year before, I shared how Easter is Freedom and this year I’ve had no inspiration, but I hope these words will encourage you anyways.

The raw, honest truth is that Easter makes me uncomfortable. Easter is hard. On Good Friday, people dismiss the grief of Jesus’ death because “Sunday is coming!” But on Friday, someone died and on Saturday, he was still gone. Jesus’ family and friends weren’t convinced any resurrection was coming and that’s devastating.

To make it to the joy of Easter Sunday, we have to trudge through the darkness of Friday and Saturday. Having hope doesn’t make the hard go away.

Choosing to live through those hard, impossible hours, days, weeks, months, or years when life turns out to be different than we had expected or hoped for is one of the bravest things you or I could do. Easter gives us that choice. Because of Easter, we can hope that good things are coming even when life is crumbling. Because of Easter, we can experience a great grace that leaves us the strength to be brave.

Because of Easter, we can choose brave hope that pain has a purpose.

I don’t mean that in the conventional “everything happens for a reason” sort of way. My pain having a mysterious “reason” is not comforting because it insinuates that if I knew the reason for the painful season, my pain would suddenly evaporate; my pain is not a result of my inability to make sense of a painful situation. I may not ever know the purpose for my pain. It may play a role in developing my character, it may be the thing I needed to propel me into a new challenge, or it may not have anything to do with me at all: my pain might be for the good of someone or something else.

This Easter, let’s decide, together, to choose to bravely hope without having to know the purpose for our pain. Let’s jump, feet first, into the great grace that gives us the strength to hope without all the answers.

Maybe you don’t believe in Easter and only see Jesus as an historically influential character. Maybe you struggle with believing that someone could love you, as broken and messed up as you are. Maybe you’re still trying to be good enough. Maybe you like the idea of God, but you’ve felt abandoned. Maybe you agree with everything I have to say. Maybe you’re rolling your eyes.

I don’t know where you are in your journey, but I’m at a place where I am freely admitting that I can’t do it on my own. I can’t handle the weight of the pain of loss and changed expectations on my own. I’m not strong enough.

I desperately need the brave hope of Easter.

If that’s you and you’re desperate for brave hope, too, find someone who is choosing to live with brave hope and ask them where they found it. Send me an email. Better yet, pray that you can find brave hope, too, because I guarantee you’ll find it.

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. [2 Corinthians 4:16 MSG]


 

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24 Comments

  1. Mary Newman on March 28, 2016 at 8:35 am

    This is an amazing post! Yes yes yes!

    • Becky L McCoy on March 28, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      🙂

      • Peggy/Rick Mcgowan on March 29, 2016 at 5:58 am

        Becky you put “brave hope” in a new perspective – you continue to be such an inspiration – AND an inspirational writer! Hope lives… lv you

  2. Linda A. Wright on March 29, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I appreciate your sharing that Easter is Hard. I remember my first Easter after my mom had passed away. I was sitting in church listening to the songs of the resurrection and honestly, they didn’t help. I had to get up and leave because I was crying so hard. Love the honesty.

    A 6-word personal phrase has been very helpful to me — Dreams Dreampt, Dreams Died, Different Dreams. Gets me through lots of situations I never dreamed were going to be part of my life.

  3. Melissa Danesi on March 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Your words help me to be brave. They help me to stop looking for an answer. They help me to hope in the future.

    • Becky L McCoy on March 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Melissa, I’m so glad! Let’s be brave together 🙂

  4. Kim Stirtan on April 1, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Wow you did have much good to share….I can hardly wait for next year to read what God has taught you.
    Love you,
    Kim

  5. Connie on March 30, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Love this.

    • Becky McCoy on April 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      <3

  6. eileen hammerman on April 2, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I appreciate so much your honest, raw truth about Easter making you uncomfortable..me too! As I grow in my faith, Good Friday and Easter hit me deeper/harder. Great post!

    • Becky McCoy on April 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      So glad it resonated with you!

  7. Heidi on April 3, 2018 at 8:19 am

    This is hard truth, one I try to sit in a bit on Good Friday and Saturday. Pat answers aren’t the way of the Gospel, the Gospel comes into the hard stuff of living. Thanks for sharing and being Brave!

    • Becky McCoy on April 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Yes, yes, yes!

  8. Lindsay on April 4, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Wonderful encouragement!

  9. Elizabeth Hughes on April 4, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. And thanks for the reminder of God’s unfolding grace.

    • Becky McCoy on April 5, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks for dropping by!

  10. Melissa Schlies on April 7, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I love how the Saturday in between Good Friday and Easter speaks to all the dark in between times we all experience in so much of life–and how Easter gives us hope that He is finished, He didn’t forget us, and He is coming…so we can move forward with brave hope!

    • Becky McCoy on April 7, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      YES!!

  11. Heather Bock on April 8, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Easter is the hope that has especially helped me since my dad passed away on a Good Friday. Every Good Friday, the darkness of death is so real to me, but every Easter the hope is huge for me. I am thankful, also, that there is a reason for my pain. No, it doesn’t take the pain away, but it makes it meaningful, which makes it easier to bear.

    • Becky McCoy on April 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Wow. Such a powerful lesson.

  12. Judy Loosa on April 19, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I feel the same way. No.. we will not give up. Jesus gives strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!

    • Becky L McCoy on June 13, 2019 at 1:35 pm

      “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow” is my all time favorite line from a hymn!

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