Daily Dose, Jan. 29 — Everyday People

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 

She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” (John 11:25-27)

The wedding was perfect. Janet was absolutely gorgeous, and her dress was stunning. The church was packed, and all 152 people paid rapt attention. Music was played and sung, vows were exchanged, tears were shed, pictures were made. We all tossed birdseed in the air as bride and groom climbed into the Chevy Malibu and drove to the Atlanta airport. Everyone was grins and laughter, except for the father of the bride. Alligator tears rolled down his face.

“Why in the world are you crying, Lamar?” asked I. 

“I feel like I just gave a Stradivarius violin to a gorilla,” said he.

The comment was not really a criticism of the groom. He was gainfully employed, in church every Sunday and read his Bible. You want your daughter to marry such a young man. But Lamar’s life was in a very real way – over. He sort of died there on the church steps as they drove away. Lamar had to reboot his life and reinvent himself. He could pine his life away thinking only of days gone by, or he could point his nose toward the future and begin life anew.

The future always belongs to God. Christ is the Risen Savior who helps those who believe in him face the future. No dead ends for Christian people. Only living and dying and living anew again, until we see our Savior face to face. -- Y'all come, Dr. Don