Members and Friends at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church,
some of you have been in a situation when you felt burdened. Your body itself felt weak from emotional
strain. You didn't feel like doing
anything. Your gym routine became a
fruitless attempt at breaking a sweat. Your
gardening did nothing more than pull up a pathetic handful of weeds. You looked forward to just getting to bed as
early as possible and sleeping your troubles away (if you could sleep in the
stay in that funk. You eventually
snapped out of it. Why? For some people the answer is hope. Your funk might have been because of finances
or ill health and maybe even family trouble. Hope changed everything.
have a strong sense that things are about to change for the better there is a
lifting of our spirits. Each step that
seemed so heavy and slow a day ago is now light and brisk. Unfortunately our ability to see hope
often goes no further than the end of our nose. Sometimes we can't see far when it comes to
far is what we Christians are called to do. Now, don't get me wrong, we have run into hopeful situations that were
just around the corner. We indeed live
in hope because the God of hope resides in our hearts. Yet, the resurrection of Christ gives us a
long view of hope. Hope is in us, and
hope is down the road as well.
"If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to
be pitied" (1 Cor 15:9). But we
don't hope in this life only. We know
that our time in this sinful body (with all its woes) is but a tick of a second
hand compared to eternity.
physical beings with an eternal soul. What affects the body affects the soul. Troubles often sink us low, but,
we pray, "Oh Lord, help me to see far and not only near. Help me grasp my ultimate end. I confess that as Christ was raised form the
dead so shall I follow Him in glory. As
He has a perfect resurrected body so shall I. Dear God may the resurrection of Christ be more than just a day in the
calendar for me. By His victory drive
home deep down into my soul and give me the ability to see far. Let me see past my troubles to my day of
triumph in Christ. Amen."