A few months ago I posted 10 Useful Things You Can Do When Someone You Love Wants to Dig a Hole–And Die In It about Dawn’s struggle with depression.
In that post I shared the story of how Dawn came to the point in her life where she began to see suicide as a solution, not a problem. Here’s an excerpt describing how she felt about suicide at that difficult time in 2002:
“One day during all this, Dawn told me how she fantasized about digging a hole in the back yard, about how she would lie down in the hole. She told me how warm and welcome it would feel to lie down in that hole, and die.”
Today, I want to tell a bit more about that story in order to share a few survival lessons that apply to all of us, whatever struggles we may face.
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Good Friday has come and gone. Easter has come and gone.
Well, that depends on your view of Easter. If you view Easter as a Christian metaphor about newness of life and hope for tomorrow, then you can pretty much go on as you were, trying to be a good person (or not) with your vague hopes for tomorrow.
[Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection, by Alexander Ivanov. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.]
But if you believe that Jesus was literally, physically, permanently raised from death
like Dawn and me then the resurrection can and should have huge life-changing implications for your tomorrow. And by life-changing, I mean both how God changes your life, and how you seek to change.
Here’s eight “Now what?” implications every new believer in Jesus’ resurrection should think about. This isn’t a to-do list, it’s a to-think-study-pray-about-what-it-all-means list. This will take a lifetime, so I recommend you get a Bible, find a church, and get started.
This Sunday, March 24th, is Palm Sunday in the Christian tradition. On this day we celebrate the day that Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem to shouts of, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
[photo by Wallula Junction on Flickr]
It’s called Palm Sunday because the crowds cut palm branches to lay in the path of Jesus as a sign of joyous welcome. You can read two of the historical records in Matthew 21:6-11 and John 12:12-15.