When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." (1 Corinthians 15:54 NRSV)
Ruth Lowe was a young widow in Toronto. Just a year before, she'd been a blushing bride. But soon after their wedding, her husband was killed. Now she didn't have the energy to live. Her friends tried to help her cope. Her parents urged her to get started again. Play the piano! her father said. You used to always do that when you were frustrated or lonely! But Ruth's young husband had been a pianist. And now their piano seemed like an enemy rather than a friend. One night, though, Ruth sat at the keyboard. She fingered the keys. She played a few chords. And then she began to write a new song. She wrote it through her tears. And within a few months, it became a smash hit across North America. They all wanted to hear it again. And they all knew the title. It was the same as the words of the opening line: "I'll Never Smile Again!"
Death doesn't usually allow us to smile, but death is not the end of the story. Jesus proved that through his resurrection. Be alive with the love and grace God gives us in Jesus Christ.
Loving God, help me be alive with your awesome love. In Jesus name, Amen.
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