I intended to blog about something completely different, however my spirit lead me to the topic of faith. This morning like millions of Christians around the planet, I attended church. Today is the holiest days of Christianity, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in fulfillment of biblical scriptures.
After leaving church my husband and I went home. I cooked a simple but nice Easter dinner of baked ham, baked sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts with bacon, southern macaroni & cheese, and hard rolls. Happily, I finished cooking in time to pack my husband a nice lunch to eat at work (yes his job requires he work holidays). After eating my dinner, I had planned to take a nap but my spirit said otherwise.
While sitting in my big comfy chair, I started to think about a friend whose wife is in the later stages of multiple sclerosis. I had heard about her being hospitalized and have said prayers for them, recovery and healing for her, for him I prayed for strength. It is interesting that through an unusual circumstance we became associates and I believe now friends. Not the kind of friends who go hang out but the ones who see each other in various circles at work, church, or social/political functions.
Seeing my friend who is from my hometown and his wife together embody the “through health and in sickness” portion of traditional wedding vows. My husband and I have each dealt with the other being hospitalized. Most recently, my husband is now dealing with various medical conditions. However, my friend and his wife show strength beyond measure dealing with issues that couples in their 40’s don’t normally encounter. Faithfully, he is there being the primary caregiver for his beloved wife in addition to working a full-time job and being active in his church.
Christians have not been promised that life would be without trials or tribulations. The foundation of the Christian faith is based in part on the death of Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of the world. Quite simply if God’s son had to live as man and be falsely accused, we basic human beings should expect that we will have our own obstacles along the way. Faith in God and Jesus Christ requires man to relinquish control and sometimes that is a difficult task. But as Christians we must remember that our reward is not in the earthly realm. When there are trials and tribulations that shake our foundation, we must stand strong, It is my belief, ultimately our faith will lead to eternal life because Jesus Christ was born, was crucified, died, buried and arose on the third day. He lives, he lives, he lives today this Resurrection Day!