This week I ran across a blank book where I have written poems and scripture passages that I found encouraging. In it was this hymn by Yale professor Thomas Troeger:
Before the fruit is ripened by the sun,
Before the petals or the leaves uncoil,
Before the first fine silken root is spun,
A seed is dropped and buried in the soil.
Before the Easter Alleluia's ring,
Before the massive rock is rolled aside,
Before the fear of death has lost its sting,
A just and loving Man is crucified.
I tend to want to skip over Good Friday and get to Easter like I would like to skip the pain of life and go straight to being a mature Christian woman. It doesn't work that way. The cross was necessary to solve my sin problem and give me a fresh start. The resurrection is necessary if that fresh start is going to be any different than the one I already wasted. May Christ's death and resurrection make all the difference in your life.
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a form that will permeate lives.
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