Lenten Devotional, Feb. 22 - by Denise Aamlid

“I AM the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25


We can never hear the words that were spoken and promised to us in our baptism enough. On that day, God claimed us as His very own and promised us the forgiveness of our sin and eternal life with Him. You have been sealed with the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever! AMEN!


I learned at a very young age that death comes unexpectedly. When I was eleven years old my dad died suddenly of a heart attack. At age 26 my mom died from cancer and nine months later my sister, Jill, was killed in an accident. The death of Jill, was the one I struggled with the most. She was married and had a nine month old daughter and a three year old son. I remember screaming, “Where were you, God”? 

When death comes, and it will come to all of us, those who are still living, who have lost someone they have loved so very much on this earth, will NEVER hear these words enough...I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. In our baptism we were given this promise from God that we belong to Him! We will see God, face to face. Years later, perhaps not having heard these comforting words enough, I was visiting with Pastor Jason Burggraff about my fears and sadness that was still looming in my life from these deaths, and he said just a few words that still ring in my ears....Dese, whether we live or whether we die, God has our hand. Thanks be to God. He is the resurrection and the life! 

Heavenly Father, Thank you for sending preachers whose words ring in our ears. Bring Faith, Oh Lord, to each and every one of us this very day. AMEN.