Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A True Reality

Don't you see that children are God's best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Psalm 127:3 MSG

Father’s Day. As we celebrated this weekend, we struggled. We both miss our son so much and now with empty arms, an empty house, the tempting doubts rear intensely. Was it worth it? What do you have to show for it?

To be honest, those questions haunt me most at graveside. When Andrew died I visited the grave often to pray. Although a place of loss, with Peter playing under the tree nearby, it was balanced with life. But now, as I stand over the graves of both my children, doubts often attack me.

All those years, all that work, two rich lives now with nothing to show for it but a couple of rocks.

The assault continued as we stood over the graves this Father’s Day. But then one of us spoke. “This is not our legacy.” Right then, we made a choice. Though the circumstances in which we stood declared a legacy lost, we knew that was a false reality. The true reality must account for the spiritual life and thus our legacy has not ended. We chose to stand in truth.

In the Message paraphrase, Psalm 127:3 describes children as God’s best gift, his generous legacy. But that’s only half of the picture. For 1 Corinthians 15:16 declares “But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.” The true reality is that in Christ our legacy extends beyond the physical.

Yes, both our boys are no longer with us, and our line of the Lubelczyk name has ended. But that day, God challenged us to picture the full reality in our minds. We imagined the multitudes standing with them in heaven, lives touched by our boys, by our faith, by God himself as he revealed himself through our lives. Whether in touch with us directly, or a ripple effect of someone encouraged that touched someone else, our spiritual legacy continues.

I pray your current struggle does not include a grave. But whether it does or doesn’t, when we face hard times, we easily can lose perspective. We can perceive a reality based on our feelings and the physical circumstances around us. But we are more than just physical beings and thus, that doesn’t account for all of the pieces. Determine today to walk in truth. Stand on your true reality steeped in God’s word that accounts for the spiritual and the physical. Only with all of the pieces will this puzzle called life make sense.

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