Easter is Real
I realized a week or so ago that Easter is exactly three months from when Keith passed away and it made me realize the huge emotional journey I’ve been on.
Being a caregiver during the serious illness of a loved one is overwhelming. During Keith’s latest battle with cancer, life often felt like we were living under an infinite storm cloud and carrying a weight that was too much for us. I think about how these dark emotional months have taken place during the dark days of winter and it makes me so glad that spring is here.
Honestly, grief, sickness, and loss of any kind are enough to send anyone into a deep, never ending depression.
I’m so thankful for the emotional end to winter as well. My grieving is not complete. I have many months and years of healing left to be done, but amidst the tears and the wrestling with reality, there is joy. There is hope that life keeps moving forward and that good things are coming even though they are not the good things I had always hoped for.
I see flowers and trees budding and blooming and know that my hope is hope for everyone.
When you are with someone who is dying, it is a dark and doubt-filled time; I questioned everything I thought I was sure of. But in Keith’s last moments, I saw confidence and assurance that heaven was very near for him. It’s hard to explain other than to say Easter is real.
Easter is the celebration that heaven is coming. It is the annual, three day holiday when I’m reminded that Jesus suffered in many of the ways I have: he knows the pain of losing a dear friend and the agony of letting go of good things even with the promise of something better. But Easter isn’t really about the suffering; it’s about the life that comes from the suffering. It’s about God’s love being so immense that he allowed his son to be killed in order for me experience life more fully. It’s about the living I’m doing now and it being just the beginning of all the living I was made to do.
Easter is about redemption and second chances.
Easter is about new beginnings.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. [Isaiah 43:19 NIV]
I am so thankful for God’s promise to do something new in my life. Hope is real because of Easter.
Would you consider the significance of Easter this weekend? God wants to bring a season of spring into your life and he wants to redeem your sadness, anger, and grief, just as he is redeeming mine.