There is a tension in the Christian life between a heartbreak over sin, evil and the suffering in the world, and the hope we have in the victory of the cross of Jesus Christ. We rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn, and we practice the ministry of simply being present for each other during trials and suffering, pointing each other to our Savior. We are meant to keep our eyes fixed above earthly things, resting in the goodness, grace, love, mercy and justice of our Creator. We rejoice in the blessings we receive, even when those blessings take the unexpected shape of deep loss, frustrated dreams or struggling relationships. The Christian life is a journey through what many call “The Valley of Tears” but this does not mean we are not confident of our destination. We choose hope as we trust in God, embracing all He has for us in this life with joy and anticipation for how He will move next.
This is not about duty or obligation. It is a joyful and obedient response to the invitation to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is in Him that we place our hope for this life and for the salvation He secured for us through God’s great mercy and grace.
About Me: I’m a Christian who loves being in community, and I am a member of Beacon Church based in Albertson, NY. An avid reader, I have a passion for Scripture and Christian apologetics. I am also a runner (sometimes), a certified Holy Yoga instructor and a wannabe marketer.
You can read my testimony of how I came to place my trust in Jesus here.
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies… With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.”Psalm 84:1,2b, NLT
They saw a man, he looked like a shepherd… ‘Do you want a guide?’ he asked. ‘Do you want to go on?’from Leaf By Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”1 Peter, 3:4, NIV