Saturday, April 11, 2020

And the whole world came to a screeching halt

And the whole world came to a screeching halt…. so many emotions resonate with this feeling right now in our world today.  So many carrying grief of what they hoped would be: weddings, sports, senior Years, graduations, Retirements, funerals.  One day people had jobs, and the next day many found themselves in the unemployment line. 
Pain, grief, questions abound. 
And we wait. 

And the whole world came to a screeching halt… they hailed him.  Then they seized him. He gave his life painfully to death for us. The earth quaked, the vail was torn.  The whole world came to a screeching hault.  And in that moment, grief of what they hoped would be… died.  Where is their King? Where is the Kingdom? Was He not who He said? 
Pain, grief, questions abound.  
And they wait.

While the whole word waits, something stirs. It is restoration occurring.  Our schedules restored from the grip of hurry. Homes restored with laughter, connection, and creativity. Land and sea restored, natural beauty rising in the stillness of man. Seismic activity, even the smallest of quake, is being detected rather than drowned out by human noise. Surely in this restoration for our soul can be found.

Something stirred that glorious morning, when the breath of life entered back into our Savior.  Ultimate victory and restoration was made available to us all! Victory over sorrow.  Victory over death. Victory over circumstances.  Victory over expectations. Victory over fear and anxiety. 

Just as the smallest sounds of nature are being heard in our pause, may we accept the gift of stillness and sense His presence this weekend. May our quietened souls allow for our hearts to detect His voice this Easter. May it deepen and give way to deepest praise and gratitude as the sun rises tomorrow- our Easter morning! 
                                      He is near.  He speaks. 
                                He comforts. He is our restoration. 
                                    He is our Hope. He is Alive! 

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