But what about me?

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“Lost & Found” by Greg Olsen

I received an email from a young man who expressed his discouragement at not being able to find many images of the Savior with teenagers. He noted that he had seen many paintings depicting Christ with loveable little children, but rarely had he found his age group represented in such a setting. This young man closed his message with these heartfelt words: “What about us?”

Many of us have probably asked a similar question. What about me? Who doesn’t love little children with all their precious innocence and charm? But what about those of us that may not feel as lovable; those of us who may have struggled and lost our way, or who have wandered paths that have left us worn and doubting our worth?

The young man in the painting is dressed in dark clothing representing those dark clouds that at times weigh heavy on our souls and seems to cover the light that still shimmers inside us. The knapsack and bedroll remind us of the worldly burdens that we all carry around … fear, discouragement, pain, loneliness, sorrow, anger, hopelessness and on and on. The meandering path in the background symbolizes the twists and turns of life’s journey, some of which stretch us to our limit.

Thankfully, Christ’s love carries no conditions and is extended in full measure, especially to those who feel lost and forgotten.

Wherever we are in our journey, the Lord is near. He will not force himself upon us, but simply waits for us to ask for his help. Unlike most of us, who have difficulty seeing beyond the outward view of that person on the bench, Christ sees the soul, knows the heart and remains the ultimate Savior and friend.

You are YOU, and He loves you just the same.

– Greg

Believe in Happy Endings

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Easter is a wonderful reminder that there are such things as miracles and happy endings. Like the ancient Easter story our own lives are often filled with times of trial, sorrow, heartache and pain. Perhaps nothing in life challenges us so universally as the experiences surrounding death and suffering.

Most of us are familiar with the fear of facing our own mortality as well as the deep loss and grief we feel when death takes from us someone we love. The heaviness of these dark hours can often feel well beyond our strength to bear.

This is when the message of Easter can help us endure, giving us increased understanding that even the darkest night will end and one day all suffering will cease and all tears will be wiped away. There is life after this life, peace after the pain, daylight after the darkness and happiness after heartache.

Easter is more than a reminder that there are happy endings, it is a symbol of new beginnings. The dawning of a promised day of eternal life filled with peace, love, and joy!

– Greg