Easter for me is all about hope. Christ rose from the tomb and because He did, death is but a moment that gives way to new life.
And Easter is even more than that. Christ helps us overcome all our challenges:
"In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
I love that Easter welcomes the springtime. It's a time of hope in every way. Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “I have seen enough ups and downs throughout my life to know that winter will surely give way to the warmth and hope of a new spring."
Even the changing seasons are a representation of Christ and His power to lift from all affliction.
We've certainly felt His kind, lifting hand.
I heard a wonderful message at a conference our church just had. One of the church leaders, Dallin H. Oakes said something that really hit home: "Our family's faith is in Jesus Christ and is not dependent on outcomes."
We're still in the early stages of this journey with Talitha. We know that the Lord has preserved her life thus far but we don't know all that God has in store for the future. We hope that all will go well with this next phase of treatment. But at the end of the day, we don't know all that will happen. What we do know is that Christ has our best interests in mind. We want to put our faith and trust in Him and not in outcomes we can't control.
In other words, we're striving to be true followers of Christ; not fair-weather fans of Christ.