One of my favorite hymns growing up was “Because He Lives.” The words were a sweet reminder that “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, life is worth the living just because He lives.”
I haven’t heard this hymn in years, but on Easter morning the words came to mind and I thought about what this means in my life and in the lives of the children I live with at Maria’s Big House of Hope. It is often difficult in the midst of such physical suffering to remember that He holds the future and that hope is ever present, regardless of what things may look like. As I thought through this hymn, I was reminded that because He lives we have the promise of redemption and that one day He will make all things new. And despite the suffering, we get glimpses of that every day through the lives of the little ones here.
Although most are yet too young to understand the true meaning of Easter, the activities I got to do with our preschool children over the past week reminded me of how their very lives are glimpses of this Easter hope…the hope of restoration, renewal, and ultimately resurrection and life with Christ. These are all children who at one point may have had little chance of life, but I watched with a sense of awe and gratitude as they ran around in laughter hunting eggs for maybe the first time, decorated and enjoyed an Easter cookie, and sat mesmerized by an egg changing color.
As you look through these photos, I hope you too will be able to see past the smiles and sheer cuteness (and don’t get me wrong, they are cute!) into lives that represent the great hope we are all given, because He lives.
QUESTION: How did you celebrate Easter? What glimpses of hope have you seen this week? Answer in the comments section below!