April 7, 2021

Apr 7, 2021

This is one of my favorite songs. For me, this song goes back to when my children were young. It was a tough time in my life. My family had moved away, my friends had scattered around the country and I had no support system. Money was tight, our youngest had asthma & struggled with that most of the time in & out of the ER. and it seemed like Roger & I fought all the time. I fell into a depression and if you know anything about that, you know we didn’t fight all the time, it just seemed that way in my mind. I had migraines often to add to the issues. I spent about 2 years in a pit. I was going to church, reading my Bible and doing all I knew to do. Until one night, alone in the dark room while Roger slept, I cried out to God, “PLEASE help me! I don’t want to live like this anymore! Whatever it takes, Lord, PLEASE help me.”
I tell you this rather private moment to explain how God worked in my life. I literally didn’t want to live, but He had plans. I knew my children needed me, but I wasn’t sure I had any use beyond that.
The next morning, I got up and went about my day. Nothing had changed in our circumstances, but every day after that I felt a little less weight on my shoulders. I praised Him every night for helping me and in time, He lifted me out of that miry pit and put my feet on a solid rock. (psalm 40:2). No nothing around me changed, but He changed my heart. I began to see that no matter what things this world throws at you, HE can overcome it, and because He lives, we will live forever in heaven with Him when we leave this world, but also, He is here for us in THIS world too. HALLELUJAH! He LIVES! Let’s keep celebrating that empty tomb.

Because He Lives
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

And then one day I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives.