Tomorrow, Kevin and I fly to WA for 10 days with family and friends. Though we are thankful for this trip, we know there are going to be some very sad parts to this visit.
My sister, Donna, is moving to MN to live with one of her sons and his family. Leaving will be hard for her even as she is thankful for the home Matt and Martha will provide for her.
My mom will be saying another really hard goodbye. After several years of helping my sister live her stroke impacted life, she will be removed from Donna’s day-to-day life. This will be tough. But even harder will be not being able to see Donna regularly.
This goodbye will be traumatic for all of us, but especially Mom and Donna. It will come with a lot of loss and grief.
But… that’s not all… Donna’s move will also bring a new life and new opportunities for her. And, even for my mom, the changes will bring new life from what will be a kind of death. I believe this is true because God is going with both of them.
Jesus knows all about journeys like this. In Mark 10, He tells His followers that they are going to Jerusalem. He foretells the suffering and death He will experience:
He will be delivered to His enemies
He will be condemned to death
He will be handed over to His killers
He will be mocked and spit on and scourged
He will be killed
But…that’s not all… He will rise again. Life will come from His death…
And because He lives,
live our journeys
that sometimes feel like death…that sometimes include death.
What journey are you facing?
Is there discomfort?
Things like death? Death?
Can we embrace the journey knowing we do not go alone?
Jesus goes with us.
He never ever leaves us alone.
He says, “We are going…”
To whatever our Jerusalem is…
And, can we believe, trust and hope that
at the end of the journey,
because He is with us,
there will be Life?