Footprints daily reflection: 21 April (Easter Sunday)
What's the point?
Author: Rosamond Bennett
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.’
'In Christ Alone'
Stuart Townend & Keith Getty Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music
He is risen!
What a glorious day. We know that nothing is impossible through the Lord. Death can be defeated, there is life after death.
Easter Sunday fills me up with hope, gladness, thankfulness and positivity. Jesus did die but he rose again. And because of that, every day is a new beginning, every day is a day to be thankful and positive.
But let’s face it, we are only human and we don’t greet every day with the same enthusiasm and feelings of positivity.
When I worked in a bank I got less challenge and less negativity than I get working with Christian Aid. People frequently ask me, what’s the point? There’s no way you can end poverty, there’s no way you can make a difference and change things.
If I felt like that, I would be working somewhere else, somewhere I can do my day’s work and then forget about it until the next day. But that’s not what I have chosen and that’s not what I feel compelled to do.
I have seen desperate situations change, I have seen desperate people become empowered. I have seen how lives have changed for the better, in deep, long-lasting, sustainable ways because people gave their money and their time, they prayed and they campaigned. And because our local staff and our partners helped to give a hand up. And because we believe that Jesus died so that everyone may live and that ‘they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’, John 10 vs 10-11.
For me today is about hope and love. Hope and love for this earth God created and for everyone in it. Each new day brings with it the opportunity to renew ourselves, an opportunity to think about others, an opportunity to help those who so desperately need it, an opportunity for life before death.
For many of us Lent has been a time of giving things up and today we can partake again. But what can we start doing from today that will live out our faith in the world? How can we help create the world that Jesus wants? How can we be the change that Jesus wants us to be?
On my kitchen bench there is a little Christian Aid collection box that says ‘small change, big difference.’ Each day it reminds me that I have yet another opportunity to be the change that Jesus wants to see. And that’s what I tell anyone who asks me ‘what is the point?’.
Thank you, Lord.
Thank you for sending us your son, Jesus Christ.
You gave us life, you know us as we are, understand what we have been and see what we shall become. We give you back our lives that you may make them new: generous, committed to hope and fearless to do your will.
Rosamond Bennett is the CEO of Christian Aid Ireland. She joined in Sept 2012 after having worked in the corporate sector for 22 years. She is an elder in Whitehead Presbyterian Church, is married to Karl and has 3 teenage children.