I enjoy wandering through cemeteries, sombrely reading the dates on the tombstones and reading tributes on epitaphs. I also like to read the obituaries in any newspaper I happen to be reading, paying special attention to the ages of the deceased. It is always a sobering reminder of my own mortality, a gentle nudge to live while I am alive.
Perhaps, because I lost a brother when I was young, death always felt very real to me. As I grow older and lose more loved ones, death has become even more relevant, and so, too, the hope of the resurrection has become important.
Thanks be to God that Jesus was raised from the dead. He defeated death, and it no longer holds any power over us. Our faith is placed in a living God who has conquered death. Our faith is founded on one whose tomb is empty. And because of that, our faith is not in vain. We, too, have hope in this life and in the life to come because our Lord lives!
God, thank you that Jesus defeated death in his resurrection. Help us to live with the awareness that we serve a living God. Amen. — KGT