I couldn’t let it go any longer. I know it’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write a new post, but with Easter coming up so quickly, I just couldn’t put it off any longer. Thank you all for your patience.
We will talk about Easter itself soon, but right now, I wanted to mention something a little unrelated. One of the great things about Easter-time is that there are usually a slew of Christian movies that come to theaters to cash in on Christians feeling all Christian-y. Some are good, some are…not. Of the handful that have come out so far, Joy and I had the opportunity to see “I Can Only Imagine,” which is based on the life of Bart Millard, the lead singer of MercyMe. Since we all just saw MercyMe a few weeks ago, I’m sure you recognize that song, but you may not know that it was written in honor of Bart’s dad who died of cancer. Although his dad was a pretty awful person most of his life, he became a Christian soon before he died and his life changed dramatically!
Having just list my dad only a few months ago, the movie really hit me in a way I wasn’t expecting. Although my dad was never the “monster” that Bart’s dad was, he was not a Christian for most of my life. That was hard for me. It was hard to know that I was not going to share eternity with my dad. When my dad had his triple bypass surgery several years ago, that really put a scare in all of our family, including him. It was then that my dad realized that he needed to accept Christ, which he did. I am so thankful for that!
My dad did change over his last few years because of Christ being in his life. So, when he died in November, I knew that his life was not over. I knew that he was with Christ, just waiting for me to get there.
You can ask Joy…I sometimes have a hard time expressing my feelings about losing my dad. Yes, tears were shed while I was watching this movie. But through the bottled up feelings and watery eyed movie theaters, I am so grateful that I can sing along with Bart’s song, knowing that applied to my dad as well. That he is with God, experiencing more joy than I could every imagine here on earth!
Some of you have lost someone very close to you. I hope that song applies to them as well. If it does, let that comfort you. If you haven’t experienced loss yet, that’s great. But use these stories as a means to inspire you to share Christ with all of your family and friends! Especially at this Christian-y, Easter-y time of the year.