Hope. It is there.
I took this photo just two days ago. But then it snowed again, though without much effect. This is spring weather and it's unpredictable, but oh so hopeful, for the signs of spring are arriving.
On this March day, I simply am remembering that tomorrow is a day where we remember Jesus' death on the cross; but not without hope, for we eagerly await Sunday.
It's a day like today that I also think of another event we anticipate with joy and longing - Christ's return. A vibrant seven-year-old redheaded girl recited a passage to me in AWANA from 1 Thessalonians 4 today. Those verses have stuck with me as I traveled back to my apartment. I share them with you now to remind you of the hope we cling to as believers, children of God, dearly beloved and adopted by the Father through Jesus Christ. Jesus is alive! He will return, and we will rise with him one day to be with the Lord forever.
"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
Therefore encourage one another with these words." - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18