Lent Devotional March 22: Looking Back
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different.” CS Lewis
Experiencing the physical and mental decline and death of our parents over the last 3 years has been an emotional roller coaster. The heartbreak brought about by the daily tearing away of the person you know as “Mom” or “Dad” is painful. Not to mention that you are now in charge of making all the decisions for their care.
Not wanting to make the wrong decision, we found ourselves caught up in laborious conversations with medical personnel, caregivers, friends who had been through it and counselors who knew what we were feeling. One of our counselors told me when you lose your parent you become orphaned, no matter how old you are.
Our strength and support came from our church family through prayers and love. We felt God’s presence with us, and in looking back we see God’s presence in every tiny thing.
God is a God of detail, and His Hand was orchestrating the selection of hospitals and doctors, nurses on duty, diagnosis, treatment and even our schedules. God was painting a beautiful picture of our parents leaving this temporary home and going on to their new heavenly home with Christ Jesus.
What hope we can have in death because of Jesus death on the cross! We have been given a choice to accept a new life with Him and live forever in our new bodies, no longer broken and worn out.
Prayer: Father God, you are so good to meet us right where we are, putting people in our lives at just the right moment, pointing us in the right direction, and giving us grace and peace right when we need it. Thank you for the hope you give us in Christ! Amen.