“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and…all the trees of the forest sing for joy” (Ps. 96: 11-12 NIV).
Spring, the season of hope and new life, is here again. The trees are in bloom, the first tender shoots pushing their way out of the soil, and the children decked out in their Easter finery.
Greeting cards may giddily proclaim the equinox, as if God had not ordained it. But Spring is more than just our chance to air out the house, lay down mulch, and pull the patio furniture from storage. It the season that points us toward resurrection, the victory of life over death.
That has special meaning for abuse victims. We are all too familiar with death and darkness. The battle with evil is fought (or re-fought) everyday. It has been part and parcel of our lives for as long as we can remember. If the abuse has passed, we continue to wrestle with its scars.
Which is why we are astonished by the beauty of daffodils. Light and life may be foreign to us, but we long for them the way a seed buried in the ground longs for the sun it has not seen.
“ ‘He is not here; for He is risen, as He said’ ” (Matt. 28: 6).
Only one Man in history conquered sin and death. But He conquered them – absolutely and irrevocably – for the rest of us, even the abuse victims. Most especially the abuse victims, the outcast, the downtrodden, the poor, the abandoned and forgotten.
We commemorate Jesus Christ’s victory over sin and death at Easter. There is no celebration more profound. Christ arose from the tomb – once and for all time – to offer us hope and life eternal.
Little wonder that the earth, itself, sings for joy!
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