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“…the men said to them, ’Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here

but has risen.”

Luke 24:5b


An unknown source writes: “Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport.  They had announced the departure.  Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, “I love you and I wish you enough.”  The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough.  Your love is all I ever needed.  I wish you enough, too, Mom.” They kissed and the daughter left.  The mother walked over to the window where I was seated

           

Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry.  I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?”  “Yes, I have,” I replied.  “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?”

 
            “I am old and she lives so far away.  I have challenges ahead and the reality is — the next trip back will be for my funeral,” the mother said.

 
            “When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?”

 

She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations.  My parents used to say it to everyone.”  She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more.  “When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.”

 

            Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.  “I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright, no matter how gray the day may appear.      I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

 

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.  I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.  I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.  I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

 
            I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye.” (Sermon Illustrations.com)

 
            At this writing we have still Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday until we reach the Easter sunrise.  It was at that sunrise that the savior, Jesus the Christ, rose from his stone cold tomb into the vibrant light of day.  With that resurrection, he gave us enough…no, more than enough.  He gave us forgiveness, life eternal, and renewed life here on earth.  He gave us his love - full and complete.  Pastor John Holms says it very well:

 

“The reality that we are slaves to sin can lead to great despair in our lives – unless and until we realize that the death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord is not just about receiving the gift of eternal life in heaven.  Jesus’ death and resurrection are also about this life we live now on earth. Through the death of Jesus our enslavement to sin is over.” (Faith at Work Devotions)

 

As we move from what remains of Lent to Holy Week and on to Easter morn and beyond, let us all give thanks for this most precious and priceless of gifts.  Let us pray as well that God will remind us daily, that by God’s act of endless love through the life, death, and resurrection of God’s son we have more than enough – we have more than we’ll ever need, forever.

 

 

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Alicia

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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