Monday, April 5, 2010

The Easter Gift

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:25)

I hope you all had a very blessed Easter. Mine was capped by an incredible gift that a family member gave me on Easter morning – a homemade CD with all of his favorite Christian songs. If you had ever seen my iTunes collection, you’d probably be asking what made the gift so special (I’ve got more Christian songs on it than I can count, and I’ve been known to burn quite a many of them to CD). The true value of the gift was not the CD itself, but it was from whom I received it.

The family member who gave me the gift has seen his life turned completely upside down over the past year, with a large number of heavy trials mixed in. But despite being caught in the lowest of lows, there’s a peace he’s coming to find more and more every day. There’s a level of forgiveness in his heart that I know can only come from one man – Jesus Christ – and I know on that foundation, from this day forward, he can stand very secure.

Dee and I wiped away many tears as each track on that CD played to completion on our drive home yesterday. Not only did it tell the story of a life that was changing right before our very eyes, but it also reminded us of the limitless power of the Lord. Over the past year, we’ve been trying to play whatever small role we can to help this family member know that there’s a Lord and Savior that loves him…and on this very special day he was returning the favor.