Celebrating life

20170416_074300Sitting down to write a blog post is the last thing I want to do right now. Today I cannot pretend to have the formula to solve life’s problems. I have just said goodbye to a life where I had started to belong and I’m feeling rather homeless.

But there is Someone who experienced a transition much more challenging than I will ever have to face. Imagine leaving the presence of God to become a needy child, a hormonal teenager, and then a radical adult first pursued and then rejected by a group of wishy-washy followers.

Jesus Messiah understands the struggle and the heartache that come with transition. But instead of hiding from life, He still chose to live intentionally. He chose to invest in the lives of others, sometimes despite a low return on His investment. And what happened at the end of this intentional life? Jesus was killed for living unashamed. That sounds like a noble end, doesn’t it? But noble as it is, that isn’t the end of the story. Death didn’t stop Him.

This year, I am celebrating Resurrection Sunday in Spain before I move back to the States to apply for residency. Transition has really only just begun. But despite my heartache and perceived homelessness, today I want to celebrate life: Jesus’ life on earth and my own life because of Him.

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4 comments

  1. I am sad too that you are leaving. But as I enjoyed your blog posts in North Africa I shall also enjoy them in the States. I wish you a smooth transition, smoother then you expect, and if you ever find yourself in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan stop in. I would love to put the coffee on and hear the stories first hand. 🙂

  2. I’m sorry Tricia! I can’t imagine what it must feel like, but thank you for the reminder that Jesus does. I pray you have a safe trip home and that the transition will go well.

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