By: Tammy Shippy, February 2, 2020
My grandmother was one of the most influential people In my life. She was an awesome woman! She could cook everything, sew anything, and make everything. When she passed away, my mother gave me some of Grandma’s most cherished hand sewn handkerchiefs. As I held them to my face, they smelled just as I remembered my Grandmother’s apron smelling. Whenever I would miss her, I would just sniff her handkerchiefs. I tried to keep them tucked away to preserve the smell. After several years, the smell I so desperately longed for had faded away.
When Jesus died, the shroud he was wrapped in had been found lying in the empty tomb. There has been much debate over whatever happened to those linens to this very day. People long to hold on to just a piece of who they love when that person is no longer here with us. But there is hope! Jesus rose from the tomb so that we might always have him in eternity. Thank God that he made a way for us. We don’t need to hold on to items that once belonged to our loved ones to have hope. Our hope is in the Father and we can be assured we will see Him one day.
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.