Last year my soul needed to be reminded of the depth of Truth that is wrapped up in the Resurrection, this year my soul needed to be reminded that our God is in the business of redeeming. My soul needed Easter this year. My mind needed to go through the process grieving my sin on Ash Wednesday, of the discipline of lent, the anticipation of Palm Sunday, the grief of Good Friday and the hope Sunday brings. This year I needed to be reminded that God is in the business of resurrection. Not just the amazing miracle of our Salvation but the daily business of redemption.
This season through reading His word my soul was stirred with the Truth that we serve a God who not only bears our pain, but knows our pain. A God who resurrects our souls and moves them closer to Him, again and again. A God who loves His people, who redeems culture, evil and good for His glory. My soul needed a resurrection this Easter – to allow dreams and griefs that I have clung to to die in order that God could raise them into His plan for my life and not my own. Our Easter this year was marked with grief as we reflected on our first Easter in South Sudan, and grieved with Southern Sudanese friends here for the recent fighting around Renk and Upper Nile, but while it was marked by grief it was made of Hope as we reflected in the God who saves. This years Easter was so different from last, and so much the same. Praise the Lord He is Risen, in South Sudan, in our passport country and here in North Africa.
Praise the Lord He is Risen indeed, Allelulia
Soo here are pictures – behind each action is the quiet stirring of my heart to know more of God, He often uses the familiar rhythms of the church year to do that – and this year was no exception. Praise God that He is in the process of resurrecting this heart to know Him more.
This Easter I realized that while it feels like everything in our life has changed – what is most important still remains. The gentle rhythm of the season and the day reminded me of the Truth that that my heart most needed to listen to…because He lives there is hope for tomorrow. Because He lives we know that there is hope for South Sudan and the many suffering there. Grateful for this season and the story of redemption and resurrection that He is writing in my life. Grateful to be celebrating in a country where we have the chance to share with so many why this season, this Savior changes everything. Happy Western (and this year Eastern) Easter.