Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Because He Lives...

Do you remember that hymn?

I couldn't tell you the last time I sang it, or even heard it, before we sang it at church this week. It brought back so many memories... as well as a few tears. It reminded me of my home church where I grew up from age 3 until I got married. In fact, my mom is still a part of that church. It brought to mind so many friends who have done life with us... teaching me about Jesus, letting me babysit their kids, witnessing my baptism and my wedding, loving on us when my dad passed away, still loving on my mom, and praying me through this past year. Sweet memories of sweet people.

And I had tears for the simple, yet powerful message of the hymn.

Because He lives... I can face tomorrow
Because He lives... All fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives

Jesus has conquered death, and because of that I can sing the last verse with confidence.

And then one day I'll cross the river;
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then as death gives way to vict'ry,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives.

I now think in terms of before and after cancer. Before cancer, I glossed over those words with no real meaning. I knew they were true, but it was more like reading a fairy tale that had a happy ending. After cancer and being faced with my own mortality, I LOVE THESE WORDS! One day all the hardships of this earth will be traded in for meeting Jesus face to face! 

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  1. Amen. Singing these wonderful hymns can be so rote, yet when life points us to God's Word, His beautiful songs, He shows our hearts what the true meaning is. Thank you for this.
    Because He lives, I can truly say, I am ...
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words!

  2. Praying for you today, friend! XO

    1. Thank you! And thank you for the opportunity to link my blog to your blog!!!

  3. Hi Terri!
    I got here through a comment you made on Jill's Card Creations. I LOVE that hymn. Our oldest daughter was born with all sorts of issues and was like a newborn for all of her wonderful 7 years. We learned this song right before she was born (we were just discovering God then~ 30 years ago this year!) Thank you for sharing it and bringing back lots of sweet memories for me.

    Praying that God will whisper love over you today and that you will discover yet another aspect of His character.
    In Him,

    1. Denise - thank you for sharing how that hymn is meaningful to you. I'm so glad you discovered God 30 years ago before your precious daughter was born and that you have sweet memories :) Thank you for your prayer today! Blessings to you!