Editor’s Letter

April 2015 - Editor's Letter
by Lori Hatcher

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April 2015 - Editor's Letter

It’s April now, and you’re holding the Easter issue of Reach Out, Columbia magazine. Hopefully spring has arrived and the days are sunny and warm, but spring was still weeks away on the February day I penned this letter.
I’d just returned from a funeral. All funerals are sad, but this one had the potential to be heartbreaking. The sudden death of this young woman—26-year-old mother of a small child, Bible college student, on fire for Jesus—shook the world in which she lived. It shook me, too. I have a soon-to-be 26-year old daughter, and I know life is fragile, and no one is promised tomorrow.
It’s true that Christians “sorrow not as those who have no hope.” But they still sorrow. Sometimes more deeply, because they have loved well. I listened to this young woman’s wise pastor acknowledge the question many had asked during her brief illness—Why?
“We’re not alone in asking Why?” he said. “Godly people—David, Elijah, Moses, Isaiah, and Job asked the same question. Even Jesus asked Why?”
“My God, my God,” he cried from the cross, “why have you forsaken me?”
And the answer to the age-old question, spoken to the thief on the cross by the Savior himself, comforts us thousands of years later: “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Why did Christ die for you?   www.whyhedied.org

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