Chaplain John DeBlieux
Walker Baptist Medical Center
With Easter still in our rear view mirror, I’d like to revisit the Pascal Mystery (the dying and rising of Jesus) by considering the lesson of ashes that the great Christian, Augustine, put forth: “Will these ashes one day take on the form of beauty, be restored to life, restored to light? The bodies of all of us will in a few years be ashes. Yet a few years ago we were not even ashes! If God was able to create what did not exist, will He not be able to remake what once existed?”
Let us trust as 1 Cor. 2: 9 says: “What eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him.”
We do have glimpses into our amazing future. One of which I read comes from Dr. Jeffrey Long who has researched near-death experiences for over thirty years. He shared about a five-year-old girl that was born blind and drowned in a small lake. Before being revived, an angel met her and asked what she would like to do. The little girl, not knowing what to say, said, “Let’s take a walk around the lake.” After she was revived, she was still blind, but she was able to describe in living color the birds, trees, everything about the landscape. How did she see? While dead she had “resurrected eyes.” Everything now is in full bloom as “we” walk around. Let us “see” it as a sign of Easter hope. May we see with new eyes the amazing beauty and see it as a foretaste of things to come.
Let us keep Easter in our rear view mirror if not on our horizon. For without it, what hope do we really have?
Prayer: Lord, you are never new and never old. Yet you give new life to us. Give us resurrected eyes to see and believe. Amen.