Last week I travelled to visit some of our staff who work in locations across the Middle East. In one place, I sat in the room and listened as refugees from a bitter conflict zone talked of how Jesus was changing their lives and giving them hope. It was clear from the emotions they showed that these were not empty words, but something real and powerful.
In those moments, sitting on the ground in a cramped second floor apartment, I realized I was seeing the hope of heaven appearing in the middle of stories that were full of pain and loss, stories that in themselves seemed very earthbound.
On April 13, our Easter week will begin with a celebration of Palm Sunday. We'll walk through the week, passing through the pain and disaster of Christ's crucifixion and death. And then once again, Easter Sunday will remind us that Jesus came to tell a different story, to turn despair into hope, and to bring life "on earth as it is in heaven."
So what does it look like for our lives to display that same hope? How might it change things?
We asked a few of our staff to ponder this question and to write down their thoughts. On Sunday, you'll receive the first of eight emails from our staff as they examine the story of Jesus' last week. We hope their insights will help you as you seek to express the kingdom of God in your own life.
Most importantly, we hope you'll be challenged to join us in the sacred adventure of praying those powerful words of Jesus, "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
Blessings to you,
CRM Empowering Leaders