I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "alive."
I am so thankful to be alive. I am thankful for each day that I have been given. Yet this week I have seen so many suffer death and the loss of life around them. This week our community of faith laid to rest a young 45 year old dad who suffered two strokes and died suddenly. He leaves behind three boys, his wife, a stepdaughter and so many more family and friends. Then I learned that last week my friend Julia gave birth to her husband and her first child at 23 weeks and one day. Kaia Gene was born into this world and was alive for a mere 90 minutes. Her parents baptized her with ice cold water and got to feel her heart beat against there's for a little while. But then she breathed her last breath.
And there are so many who are clinging to life while suffering like our blog brother Andrew. Many of us are so glad that he is still alive, but we also want to take away his pain. In all of this, I am reminded of the life we have been given through God's Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins.
Today we begin the holiest of weeks journeying from Maundy Thursday where Jesus gathers with his disciples for the last supper and washes his disciples' feet. Then we journey to Good Friday where good doesn't seem like quite the appropriate word to describe this night when it is the night that Jesus is crucified.* Hanging on the cross, with his nail pierced hands, Jesus utters the words "Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing!" Then Jesus too breathes his last.
On Sunday, we come to the tomb expecting Jesus' body to be there. But instead we find the tomb empty, Jesus is not here. He is risen. He is alive! But how can this be? The truth is that God gives us life; life abundantly, a life that even comes alive in the midst of death. God overcomes death and the grave. "Easter says you can put death in a grave, but it wont stay there"--Clarence W. Hall
*This is where my five minutes ended
My Redeemer Lives--Nicole C Mullins