Daffodils, Author Bernard Spragg. NZ, Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/volvob12b/34423824293/, (PD)

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!

Originally posted 3/27/16

Happy Easter!



Filed under Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Christianity, Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Rape, Religion, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault

32 responses to “Spring

  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera

    So true Anna. You have stated it splendidly well. It’s all in the plan of God and He’s in control. Wishing you a lovely Easter and a blessed day!

  2. Brian (SearchingForLostSoul)

    Uplifting. Thanks!

  3. “Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.” Martin Luther

  4. Amen Anna !
    Lovely post, I hope you are having a blessed Easter.

  5. Allan Halton

    Thank you for this, Anna!
    “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.”
    Yes, it was for our sake… and at immeasurable cost.

  6. Spring seems like a little glimpse of heaven

  7. Anna, I am so overjoyed to read about how God brought light into your darkness. He did the same in my own life, bringing me out of thick darkness into the most radiant of light. How blessed we are to know Jesus…!!!


    • Yes, Estera. If there was ever a lost lamb, I was one. Christ came to find me when I had given up all hope of finding Him. “For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God…” (Job 19: 25-26).

  8. Aman Behra

    Spring is really very beautiful season. Very nice post👌.

  9. Wonderful, thoughtful post Anna. I rejoice with you in that “God so loved the world that He gave his only son, that whoever would believe on Him would have everlasting life”.

    So happy to hear that you had a blessed Easter.

  10. “Blossom by Blossom the spring begins,”
    -Algernon Charles
    Most cheerful season.🙂
    God bless.

  11. Jen

    Anna, what a beautiful, beautiful post!! Such hope and joy in the truth of the words. God bless dear friend!!

  12. This was a powerful and beautifully well-written post. Seasons changing are always a great reminder of God’s power and the beauty of the nature that He created. Above all, it’s important to be thankful for all that He did for us the day that Jesus died on the cross.

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