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Closed door, open window…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”
-Ephesians 2:4-5

When you’re in the midst of loss, death, or dramatic change that you don’t want, it is so difficult to say, “Lord, I trust the resurrection power.”

Nevertheless, as the cliché says, “When God closes a door, he opens a window.” Jesus is made alive in everyone because he was willing to die (the closed door). Then, in the resurrection (the open window), Christ becomes alive in the hearts of everyone who believes in his name, and that is awesome.

The Paschal Mystery – the Christian concept that no matter who or what dies, there’s always resurrection – deals with death in a way that the world traditionally doesn’t. A believing Christian doesn’t like death, or loss, or change, but when death comes, he or she knows that resurrection is not far behind.

Fulton Sheen said, “Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me not fear the losses in my life. Reassure me that, when the losses come, the blessings soon follow. Amen.

Reflection: What has been your hardest “Good Friday” (closed door) experience? Describe the “Easter Sunday” (open window) that followed.

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