Even when the day wakes up with a smothering gray film across the sky does not mean the sun will never shine again.

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Even when the first day of Spring is the coldest day you have experienced in two weeks does not mean spring is not arriving.

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Even when your plans get derailed over and over does not mean you won’t find your way.

Even when your “whys” outweigh the answers you are receiving is not a sign that the answers will never come.

Even when Jesus came to Earth to fulfill His Father’s plans is not an indication that the sacrifice He made was not the beginning of the Good News that He came to share.

Jesus’ slow, deliberate walk toward the hillside with a wooden cross on His back is the beginning. His “yes” was the answer to overcome all of our “noes”. His willingness to sacrifice Himself in pain and suffering was a gift that He wanted to share with each of us. Jesus’ walk was not in vain. He marked the path to the cross and taught us on the way what it means to follow the plan that is set out before all of us.

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Jesus did bring the Good News. His death and resurrection were the start of the Good News that we all share in as Christ followers. But it doesn’t stop there. When Jesus died for us on the cross, He wiped the slate clean. The enemy was defeated once and for all and our days of speculation ended on that same day.

His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. Ephesians 2:15-16

So when we question events that happen in our lives, Jesus is the answer.

When the calendar marks the first day of a new season, God assured us the beginning of each season when He created the world.

When our plans look like nothing we had hoped for, Jesus sacrificed Himself that we may know His peace, love and grace.

And when Jesus came to Earth to fulfill the plans of the Father, it was the start of a beautiful beginning. Endings are no more when our life is in Christ.

As we remember the walk to the cross this week, may we know the ending of Jesus’ life was His gift of love and grace for all of us. The blessing of new life began on that Good Friday so many years ago.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Blessings of grace along the way!

Mary

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