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Doing Life Together

cross-3080144_1920Today is Good Friday and some of us may feel as if life is lived in a perpetual Good Friday mode. Like the movie, Groundhog Day, it seems we are replaying the same bad day over and over, fighting despair and struggling. Disease, broken relationships, prodigal children…the landscape looks bleak and can easily lead to despair.

Good Friday reminds us that all our suffering and struggles will one day end. While life lived on Good Friday looks bleak, there is hope for a better day. Easter is coming! One day there will be no more tears, no death, no mourning or pain. All things will be made new.

The darkness eventually gave way to light. When it looks like evil is winning, Easter reminds us that this is not true. Jesus triumphed over the grave. Death could not keep Him and He rose again! The enemy of our soul could not win!

This season reminds us to stay hopeful. No matter how bleak the Good Friday of our life seems, Easter is a confirmation that one day disease will be erased, wrongs will be righted, and brokenness will be healed.

Psalm 39:7 tells us on to rise above our circumstances that look despairing, “My hope is in Him,” not circumstances or people. Psalm 119:147 says, “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.”

During Good Friday seasons of our life, cry for help, but remember, our living God is our constant source of hope. He defeated the darkness. So Choose hope.  Refuse to give in to despair. “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always HOPEFUL, and endures every circumstance” (1 Corinthians 13:7).