My friend Mark’s funeral happened yesterday. Ironically, we are celebrating his life and death at the same time Jesus was taken into custody, tortured, and sentenced to crucifixion.
The Bible says on the day Jesus died, “From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land” (Matthew 27:45 NIV).
In the midst of the darkness over losing Mark, sat flowers and friends and faith. Today, Good Friday is the set-up to hope.
Without desolation and loss, hope cannot shine. My hope comes in knowing that Mark is in a better place—the best place—and that one day I will join him there. My hope comes in knowing that God remains in control even in the darkest hour. My hope comes in knowing that He has a plan and He will carry it out.
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him”
(Psalm 62:5 NIV).
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About Lori Freeland
Lori Freeland, a freelance writer from the Dallas area, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her other life, the one BK—before kids—she has worked as a social worker and a certified dyslexic reading tutor. Currently, she embraces her status as full-time homeschool mom to three awesome children. Her big dream? Becoming a Young Adult novelist, a goal she diligently pursues during the wee hours of the morning with help from a very large mug of coffee and occasionally some chocolate-covered peanuts. In addition to blogging and contributing regular inspirational articles to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Believe.com, she loves to mentor new writers and encourage people to share their life stories. As a member of the Cancer Mom club, she desires to connect with others in hopes of giving support to those struggling down the messy paths of life. You can find her hanging with the North Texas Christian Writers as a Critique Group Leader and Writing Coach or cheering on her writers on the Faith Team at The Christian Pulse where she recently took on the role of editor. She also loves to attend Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators meetings where she has begun a critique workshop for new writers. You can visit her website at LAFREELAND.COM.
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