Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Loss and Forgiveness

To some this post will seem completely random to others they will relate and know exactly why it's here.  This post is for you.

From "Breaking Free" by Beth Moore

"Any kind of "death" is an invitation to resurrection life to the believer.  Thank goodness, the loss of something or someone dear never has to mean the end of abundant, effective, or even joyful life for any Christian.  

Joy and effectiveness may seem to pause for a while as grief takes it's course, but those who allow their broken hearts to be bound by Christ will experience them again.  Our Savior is the God of resurrection life, no matter what kind of death has occurred in the life of any believer. 

Nothing is more natural than grief after a devastating loss, but those of us in Christ can experience satisfying life again.  When our heats have been shattered by loss, we have an opportunity to welcome a supernatural power to our lives.  it doesn't come any other way.  That is the power to live again when we'd really rather die. It is a power that displays the life of Christ in us like no other because it defies all odds.  God becomes the only explanation for our emotional survival and revival.  Perhaps the most profound miracle of all is living through something we thought would kill us.  And not just living, but living abundantly and effectively - raised from living death to a new life.  A life indeed absent of something or someone dear but filled with the presence of the resurrection and the life. 

... The life of a Christian is never about sameness.  It's always about change.  That's why we must learn to survive and once again thrive when change involves a heartbreaking loss.  We're being conformed to the image of Christ.  When our hearts are hemorrhaging with grief and loss, never forget that Christ binds and compresses it with a nail-scarred hand.  Life will not ever be the same, but I have the invitation from Christ to rise to a new life - a more compassionate life, a wiser life, a more productive life.  And yes, even a better life.  Sound impossible?  It is with out Christ.  " - Beth Moore

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