March 30, 2011
Lessons: Psalm 119:97-120, 81, 82, Jeremiah 8:18-9:6, Romans 5:1-11,
Romans 5:5. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (NIV)
Many of us share the “sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ” from the Book of Common Prayer that is read at memorial services. But sometimes hope is all we have to hang on to after losing a loved one and that hope can fade with time, sad to say. But the miracle of God’s love can descend even unbidden onto a heart that is faint and weary.
For a time after my husband’s death the day before Easter a couple years ago, I was angry at God and did not know if I even still believed in a God who could create this death we face on earth. Several times, though, in the past few months just as I’ve been getting ready for sleep, a deep and rich peace has fallen over me and the words, not out loud, but coming from somewhere inside: I love you, God. Wow, I thought, where is that coming from, and just rested thankfully with the words and the peace and the inexplicable truth of it, beyond hope.
Praise God through the Holy Spirit who pours love into our hearts. May God’s love be with you and fall upon you when you least expect it but most need it.