Our Miracle

I witnessed a miracle on Easter Sunday.
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A miracle of a cold stony heart melting into a heart of flesh under the ministering of the Spirit.
My brother, once bowed low under the weight of tragedy and grief, now standing tall, glowing full of the peace and love of God.
A face once lined with bitterness and anger now dripping wet with holy water.
Eyes that once saw only darkness now open once again to the light of grace and joy.
Fists once shaken in defiance at the face of God now raised toward heaven in victory.
It has been a long journey. Three and a half years.
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Nothing has changed.
Kristina is still gone from this earth. Ethan is still motherless. Mike is still a widower.
Everything has changed.
As we spoke, this strong, ever-seeking brother of mine said that he still had questions, doubts, things that he doesn’t like about how things happened.
So do I. Don’t we all?
And yet.
Underneath all of those questions and doubts, underneath his dislike of the pain and suffering, there is peace.
The peace of knowing that there are answers. The peace that someday he will be reconciled to those years of heartache. The peace of knowing for certain that God is good and God is love and God is working toward the best for all of us.
As long as we know what it’s about, then we can have the courage to go wherever we are asked to go, even if we fear that the road may take us through danger and pain. ~ Madeleine L’Engle in Walking on Water
The peace of knowing what God is about.
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I got to be there as he chose once again to give himself over to the love and care of God, his Father.
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I watched hard as he went down under the water
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I wept unashamedly as he rose again, his fists raised high in triumph, his face shining with water and tears.
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Those of you who have grieved with us over these past few years, will you also celebrate with us?
My brother has come Home.
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This is my revelation
Christ Jesus crucified
Salvation through repentance
At the cross on which He died
Now hear my absolution
Forgiveness for my sin
And I sink beneath the waters
That Christ was buried in
I will rise, I will rise
As Christ was raised to life
Now in Him, now in Him
I live
I stand a new creation
Baptized in blood and fire
No fear of condemnation
By faith I’m justified
I will rise, I will rise
As Christ was raised to life
Now in Him, now in Him
I live

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Comments

  1. Tiffany says:

    I am so happy for your brother, for you, for your family, and for the body of Christ. What a beautiful story of his healing journey! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Amy Snodgrass says:

    So sweet to read. :) Praise God!

  3. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is miraculous and wonderful news. Thank you for letting us know. I am so happy, for you all – especially Ethan who can now grow up with a dad who will point him to the Creator, even in the midst of tragedy and pain. Hallelujah!!

  4. How beautiful!!! You got to witness a resurrection on Easter Sunday. Congratulations to your brother and his family. What a blessing!

  5. Barbara says:

    Oh, Hallelujah!!!! So happy for ALL of you!!! Blessings!

  6. Oh, I am just soooo thrilled!! Rejoicing with you for your brother, for your nephew, for the opportunity to witness his baptism! BEAUTIFUL! Praise God!

  7. Thank you, everyone. Joy is so much brighter when others celebrate with you! All praise to God for His mercy and grace.

  8. What an appropriate time when all things are new. Praising God. Thank you for sharing.

  9. How great is our God! there is no place we can go to get away from his grace and mercy. He loves when we are angry. He loves when we despair. I rejoice with you.

  10. Amen!

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