Now I don’t do New Year’s resolutions and all that. I mean, really, there is enough pressure in life. But, like any other person, of course I wish for better years.
2016 brought cancer. A lot of it. We lost a friend, Drew Franklin, and our brother-in-law, Dan Gendaszek, to Lymphoma and Neuroblastoma. We continue to experience, daily, our six-year-old son’s battle with Leukemia.
The thing is, I don’t think a TRULY better life is coming on this side of eternity. I mean, we can hope and pray for better cancer treatments and cures for disease. Both are AMAZING gifts of grace. But, the truth is, in one way or another, we are all still dying everyday.
Sin broke the world and ushered in the inescapable reality of death. (“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—” Romans 5:12) There is only one salvation, and His name is Jesus Christ. (“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12)
So, yes, I will hope and pray and continue to advocate for better childhood cancer treatments, cured disease and good health. But my eclipsing prayer for 2017 is that many will come to know Jesus as their one TRUE hope, who can pull us from the inevitability of death and set us on a course toward new life and light.
Yes, our physical bodies will eventually fail. But, if our faith is in the One who conquered death, then we will not be dying unto death but dying FOR life. Our death will not be an end, but a beginning!
I know, I know. We’re supposed to eat lots of good snacks and wear funny hats on New Year’s Eve, not think about our mortality. Well, as long as I am grounded in truth, I am okay with not being popular or following the norm. Although I do love those mini hot dogs.
There is no lasting hope in the turning of the clock. And it makes us…well…older. But, in Christ Jesus, there IS hope in a world without end.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21