This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ and live faith out together. Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by. Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from thirty-five years ago in the Lenten Devotional of 1982 - March 26th to be precise.
Just as Christ's resurrection came after His crucifixion, so does the message of Easter bring us new hope for greater peace and happiness in a world now suffering from death, disaster and confusion. As Christ came forth victorious from the grave, we must believe that ultimately we shall conquer the problems of the world through His living presence. Even in the face of conditions which prevail today Christ still manifests Himself in the lives of those who are passing from their Garden of Gethsemane into the darkness of death. Men of all nations are defending their homes and countries against destruction. Whether they be following wise or false prophets, civilization is still reaching out in hope and faith that there shall be a more abundant life in days to come. Faith, hope, sacrifice and love are but the evidence of the spirit of Christ, who prayed that we be taught to dwell in the world but be spared from its evils.
Let us have hope, faith and an unwavering confidence that out of this great confusion there will come a victory as great as that of the morning of the resurrection when the great stone was rolled away from the tomb and Christ came forth as the manifestation of the ultimate triumph of life over death.
"And lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."