"Our God is in the business of bringing the dead back to life…" I heard someone say something like that a few years ago. I don’t remember who it was or where I heard it; but what I remember is the impact the words caused in me…
He truly is!
That is His "business"…to raise the dead, to breathe life back into the dry bones.
And the dead abound around us…(I know, the Walking Dead is about to start and you may think that’s what prompted this post, but is not : ) I am talking about those whom we have lost not to death of the body, but to death of relationships.
So many of us have experienced this kind of loss…probably the great majority of those who walk on this earth have lost a relationship to unpleasant circumstances, and we can attest that the mourning of a broken relationship is either just as painful or perhaps, sometimes even more than if we’d lost our loved one to physical death. The pain of a broken relationship cuts deep into our heart, and wounds our soul in a way that death of the body usually does not.
Hope of reconciliation lingers weakly, hidden in the corner of our mind, but we don’t let it come to the surface very often since the sting of disappointment cuts even deeper. We leave things in God’s hands as an act of resignation…when there is nothing else we can do. However, in the secret, we don’t really believe anything will ever change.
One day, though, when the flicker of hope is about to be extinguished a phone call ignites it right back, and you dare to believe again. But, is it too late for love? Is it past the point of no return? Are we too far gone for Mercy to find us? Are we out of the arms of forgiveness?
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… 1 Corinthians 13: 6-8a
If there is Love, there is always Hope. Love reminds us that it is never too late. Nobody is ever too far gone that the arms of Mercy cannot reach him/her. No one is ever too late. Forgiveness always arrives on time in the heart of the repentant. No one is ever so lost that love cannot find him/her.
He who can raise the dead can resurrect a dead relationship if it is in His will and in His perfect plan to do so. For His glory, we praise Him as we hope His perfect purpose includes restoration.
As for me, I will always have hope;