by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job
THE LORD IS RISEN; the tears of grief have given way to tears of joy; and the followers of Jesus Christ now try to life in this world where evil, darkness, and death itself have been unconditionally conquered.
Evil conquered? Yes! Death conquered? Yes! To live in a world where evil holds no fear and death holds no threat requires a radical shift in understanding and attitude. Such a world is no longer under the dominant control of darkness but is already showing signs of the healing and life-giving presence of light, God’s light. The truth that darkness can never extinguish the light gives us confidence and hope in this season and in all seasons.
Courage now flourishes where fear once dominated. We no longer tremble before powers of darkness and evil for we know that their ultimate defeat already has occurred, and we can face them unafraid. What is there that can really do us harm?
We now know the assurance that Paul declared: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. … I am convinced that neither death, nor life, … nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:37-39).
Excerpted from A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God, by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job. Copyright © 2003 by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job. Published by Upper Room Books ®. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Photo credit: Beth Richardson. “I took this photo at Scarritt Bennett Center. You don’t get a good view of the dogwood trees until you look up through the blooms on a sunny day. It’s amazing!”