The Promise of New Life

Riding home from the beach with my dad this past Monday morning, I was struck by the barrenness of winter.  Everything looks so sad and lonely.  It’s like a veil of dinginess covers the earth.  Yet we know that spring is getting ready to burst forth with the new life it always brings.  I love spring!!  I love the flowers and the honeybees and the blooming trees.  I love the warmer weather and how the lawn greens up.  I love to sit on my back porch and listen to the birds as they joyfully work to build a home for their soon-to-come family.  Oh, the promise of new life!!!!  As we rode and I looked, I was reminded of how my life used to be sad and lonely and covered with the dinginess of sin.  My spirit leapt within me as I thanked God for the new life He has given me; a life full of the fruit of His Spirit.  You know it is not a coincidence that Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again in the spring.  When He rose that early spring morning, He brought with Him the promise of new life for those who believe.  Trusting in Jesus brings us out of the darkness of winter into His marvelous light of spring.

To live is Christ, to die is gain. Phil 1:21

The tombstone for Les’ grave was placed today.  It was my desire to have a memorial that would honor both Les and God.  I believe that it does.  I am thankful for my dad, my daughter, my granddaughter and my good friend, Edna, for being there with me.  I realize Les isn’t really there; only his “earth suit”, but I want his descendants to know about him, even if it’s only by this marker.  Many of the things we do after the death of a loved one is really just for us.  It helps us cope.

Although I do recognize the permanence of Les having already moved to our new home, the tombstone was a strong reminder that he’s really not coming back.  This made it a somewhat difficult day.  To add to that, I loaded some of his clothes in the car tonight to be donated to a group of men who can use them.  It is hard to walk into his closet and see it emptying little by little.  But there are people who need good clothes , so I am choosing to see that they receive them.

It has been 3 months now, yet it seems like an eternity since Les moved on.  I miss him greatly.  But God has truly given me a sense of peace and comfort.  Getting back into life has been more difficult than I imagined, but I am slowly finding my way back.

I would be amiss if I didn’t mention my desire that you, too, know the joy of new life in Christ.  Do you know Him?  If not, what are you waiting for?  “Spring” is ready to burst forth in your life.

Lots of love, Sharon


5 thoughts on “The Promise of New Life

  1. I love this post Sharon, especially the part about how the new life of spring bursting forth out of the barrenness of winter. I too believe God planned Christ’s resurrection during the spring season to remind us of our new life made possible by His promise.

    It was great to see you Sunday. I’m sorry that I didn’t hang around after church to speak. I owe you a hug.

    Love,
    Gil

    1. Thanks Sharon for the uplifting post this morning. You are truely a wonderful and kind hearted person. Mr. Les I know was so proud of you and still is. Some wonderful news to share, my granddaughter (16 years old) was saved a week ago this past Sunday. She was so excited. I looked forward in seeing what our loving God has in store for her as she takes her journey through life.

      Love,
      Angie

  2. I know this is a very difficult time in your life and I am amazed that you are willing to blog for others to benefit. I would be easy (and understandable!) if you holed up for a while and grieved. No one would fault you for doing that. Thank you for making yourself vulnerable and for giving of yourself at this time. God will truly bless you for your faithfulness to Him!

  3. Sharon, Thanks for being the giving person you are. Your faithfulness in teaching God’s
    word in our Bible Study Class keeps me focused on Him and His word. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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