Grief Turns to Worship

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As we celebrated the resurrection this Easter, I spent some time reading in each of the four gospels, focusing on the women who discovered that the tomb was empty.

I love so much about this. I love that it was the women that were there first.

I love that they were doing what they could to honor Christ. I don’t know if they had done this before, this preparation of the body. Did they understand all it would be? The wounds…sights and smells? Or maybe they knew all of that and chose to do this sacred act of love anyway.

Last year a young coworker of mine at the funeral home had a special aunt die. She was heartbroken but asked to be the one to care for her aunt’s body. I watched her struggle with the sadness. She grieved as she did this one last special act of love for her aunt.

As the women sat at the garden tomb, stunned that Jesus was gone, I am sure that they were grieving all over again. But after the angel told them Jesus was risen, (yes they were the first to know this too!) Matthew 28:8-9 tells us:

8 And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Can you imagine the joy?! The grief, that must have felt like too much, was instantly changed into praise and adoration.

One day our grief too will be instantly changed, and you and I, dear sisters, will fall at His feet and worship Him.

I can hardly wait!


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