The Life of Maestra Megan

Adventures in the life of a Costa Rican Missionary

What do you hope for? September 24, 2013

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We don’t grieve like those who have no hope…


I knew he’d been sick, we’ve been praying for him for months.  And yet, I was shocked on Sunday when our pastor told us about a man in our church who had only a few days to live.  He passed away Monday, midnight.


I grieve.  He is not family, but he is the father of my dear friend Johnn….and Johnn is family to me.  In fact, in our small church of 200 people, EVERYONE IS FAMILY.


We are all grieving today. But we have a hope.  Jesus Christ, the one who came to take away the sins of the world.


 SIN. Does anyone really even know what that word means anymore?  It’s everything that is not true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable.  I sin all the time.  You sin all the time.  Snapping at your children, ignoring your roommate, wasting time instead of getting the important things done, resenting your husband, padding your mileage reimbursement form, yelling at people–in person or on Facebook…


Answer this honestly: left on your own, with no one watching, on a regular basis, do your thoughts, actions, and words have a tendency to be true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable?  Because I don’t. Not even when others are watching do I consistently tend toward such things.


But I have a hope.  Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, became sin for me.  He actually gathered up every single bad thing I’ve ever done (will ever do) and heaped all the shame and consequences on himself.  This amount of love and mercy is startling!  What a great gift…that by raising Jesus from the dead, God has allowed us to be born again.  Our lives are now filled with great expectations and we have an immeasurable priceless inheritance, kept for us in heaven.


Johnn’s father has just received his inheritance, and I can’t wait for mine!  We have a hope:  it is to be found in Jesus Christ.  The work has been done–salvation is at hand.  It falls to us to believe and trust in Him, to keep persevering, reaching forward to that wonderful day when we let go of our bodies and put on eternal life…


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