Keep a Quiet Heart
Recently I've been reading Keep A Quiet Heart, by Elisabeth Elliot, as part of my afternoon devotions. In the reading I have marked for today, she wrote a great article called "The Ultimate Contradiction," which centered on the resurrection. I found it quite inspiring, and I pass it along to you and anyone else in the Foundation who might find it to be so as well. The background Scripture is Luke 24:13-35.
"And when we find ourselves most hopeless, the road most taxing, we may also find that it is then that the Risen Christ catches up to us on the way, better than our dreams, beyond all our hopes. For it is He--not His gifts, not His power, not what He can do for us, but He Himself--who comes and makes Himself known to us. And this is the one pure joy for those who sorrow.
"And yet . . . and yet we sorrow. The glorious fact of the resurrection is the very heart of our faith. We believe it. We bank all our hopes on it. And yet we sorrow. It is still appointed unto man once to die, and those who are left must grieve--not as those without hope, for the beloved will be resurrected. The 'ultimate contradiction,' however, seems very far in the future. There is no incongruity in the human tears and the pure joy of the presence of Christ, for He wept human tears, too."