Roses of Hope Beyond Your Grave
But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51 The MSG, Biblegateway)
My son’s birthday and Mother’s Day are irrevocably intertwined. He is my firstborn. The one who taught me both the joys and sorrows of motherhood. I am very intentional about May. I don’t want to forget that as much as eight birthdays without Jonathan hurts, the joy of living these almost nine years with Christ shows me hope is not diminished by the grave.
Turning My Page
Your birthday and motherhood are intertwined
like a wild rose around my heart.
The barrier of death pricks to marrow. Yet, the
sweet fragrance of Hope, salve to my sorrow,
grows tangible beyond the thorns of your grave.
Turning Your Page
Think of a moment when something you hoped for became a reality. Did you know for sure that it would happen?
Hope is tangible, and the more we grow to know the character of God and his son, the stronger and sweeter the fragrance of hope. In Christ, hope is never fickle, no matter how many thorns we experience to the contrary.
- List as many moments where hope was realized as you can. Look at the qualities of your hope. What made you confident that the thing you hoped for would happen?
- Look up a few attributes of God. How does each characteristic make hope in Jesus more concrete?
Lord, I don’t always see the roses growing among the thorns of my circumstances. Teach me to recognize your ways so that I can see beyond this temporary life. Amen
Your beautiful intentionality is precious. Thank you for sharing this cultivation of hope. <3
Ooh, I love “cultivating hope”. I am definitely using that in a poem.
So touching and hopeful. Can’t imagine but will choose even greater appreciation as I’m with my family.