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Alive again

“your life is hidden with Christ in God…” (Col. 3:3)

My life is kept safe for me in my God. Who I am is hidden in who he is. As sure as he lives on, my life can never be lost. And I don’t merely mean my existing, but my quality of living can not be lost as long as he is my God.

My good life is kept securely for me in my God. I was breathed from his lungs. I was crafted from the raw materials of his heart. I was brought forth from God. I cannot really live while disconnected from him, because I am a part of him. I only work attached to him, like a limb. And isn’t that his message in John 15? “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (v 5)

My peace endures in Jesus, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…” (Jn 14:27). And if I have lost my joy it can be found again in him, “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (Jn 15:11)

What are you holding to so dearly, as though the loss would determine the quality of your living? Have you not learned that the fear is worse to suffer than the losses? Take heart in God, who is the greatest part of everything you love. Absent of his goodness, there is no true gift. His presence is the best part of our experience.

How can the lifegiving presence of God be explained? There is a real quality to it that surpasses understanding yet permeates our experience as we seek him. His presence is deep soul rest. His friendship brings sweet refreshment. His words calm our hearts. His closeness restores and revives us, and we come alive again. Yes, our wellbeing is hidden, and so found, in him.

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