Maundy Thursday: The Dark Before the Dawn

Easter is almost here.

But before we get to the joyful celebration of Resurrection Sunday, we need to go through the darkness of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible tells us what Jesus talked about to His disciples on the night before He went to the cross. John’s Gospel uses five of its twenty-one chapters to give us a seat at the table with the other disciples. We see Jesus washing His follower’s feet, sharing a meal with them, giving them last minute instructions, and praying for them.

John tells us that Jesus “showed them the full extent of His love” when He washed their feet (John 13:1). He lets us know that Jesus was “troubled in spirit” (John 13:21). We see Jesus’ heart for all of His disciples when He lifts His eyes to heaven and prays for us even as He is preparing for the most difficult mission of His life.

Jesus told the disciples:

I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.  A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. (John 13:20-22).

The world looked incredibly dark to the disciples on Good Friday. Their beloved Friend had died. They didn’t understand.

But the time of rejoicing was coming.

Much of life is like that too. We have grief, sorrow, sadness. Problems multiply. We experience pain, anguish. We don’t understand what is happening.

But Jesus promises us that a better time is coming. In the end we will see Him and rejoice. And even now in the dark time we can feel “the full extent of His love” (John 13:21). We can experience His peace. We can look forward to joy.

So hang on:

“Your grief will turn to joy.”

Question: How does knowing your grief will turn to joy help you hang on during the dark times of life?

How to Find Your Real Life

your real life

“You have been raised to new life with Christ.” Wow. Read those words from Colossians again. “You have been raised to new life with Christ.” Easter is coming. The day we celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus is near. It’s one of my favorite days of the whole year. Joy spills out of my heart [...]

Continue reading...

Three Lessons For Facing Life’s Surprising Challenges

DSCN3903 - Copy (2)

Don’t look down. Don’t look down. These are the words I repeated to myself over and over on the Hidden Canyon trail in Zion National Park in Utah. The Hidden Canyon trail is a path that takes you up about 1000 feet above the canyon floor. A trail that, at times, is only about a [...]

Continue reading...

Why It’s Not Too Late to Try Something Hard

try something hard

Last week my husband and I went to Zion National Park. At first we drove up and down the scenic highway and took pictures. We hiked a few easy and moderately difficult trails. But on our third day in the park we decided to be brave and try one of the most difficult trails in [...]

Continue reading...

6 Time Management Lies Christian Women Believe

6 Time Management Lies

Today’s post is by Melanie Wilson, a Christian psychologist turned homeschooling mother of six! Find out more about her at the end of the post. #1  I’ll remember that I have a really good short-term memory. I can memorize information for a test and do well, for example. But if my son asks me to [...]

Continue reading...