The Easter message and music was just what I needed in my miserable estate of having a flu/cold/virus. I was coughing so much I was unable to sing, so I just sat during the worship, sucking on a cough drop and sweating profusely while having a coughing fit.
If you click on the words below the picture above, you can watch the sermon as well. Along with that are discussion questions that i thought would share with you how I would answer them.
They asked about my hope. I thought to myself, I don't just have hope, I know Jesus is real, and He lives! That is what I hang my hopes on, for nothing else is as perfect as His love for me. True, I have family and friends and pets that love me, but we are all human, we all hurt each other from time to time, and it is really not fair to totally depend on a human or thing for everything. I made that mistake with Chocolate.
I do believe I have been transformed by Jesus. I know sometimes I don't show it, which I regret. But I know in my heart and mind and soul, that I have peace, real peace, that comes from knowing Him. Not only that, I have true contentment that I am blessed, and I have a good life. It is not perfect, no life is, we all have problems. But I know I am not alone, ever, He is with me always.
Finally, they asked about relationships. My relationship with God is, I think, growing deeper each day, as I read His word and pray. I must confess I still get depressed and anxious. Living with a mental illness, like a disability, is something you never get rid of. You just learn to live with it, like whatever weaknesses a person may have. Through that, I can believe that God can bring something good out of it, which He has, like my writing, and my support group. My relationships with others tend to fluctuate over time. When I was away at college, I had a great group of friends that I still keep in contact with to this day. Now I am home, and my friends are married with dependents, I have my family that I am close to. So I think God has always provided me with others that I can talk to, have fun with, and help when needed.
So there is my hope. And in retrospect, I can see that following Christ has been the best thing for me. I have hope, I have peace, and I have love. What more do I need? The rest is just gravy!