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And Yet (May-Jun 2003)

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by Mike Cope
May – June, 2003

I once read Elie Wiesel’s Memoirs, hoping to learn more about how this man survived the tragedy of the Holocaust. He lost nearly everyone close to him in the concentration camps.

I think I found what I was looking for when he wrote that his two favorite words in the English language are the words “AND YET.” Those two words are a powerful rebuttal to the chirpy, syrupy optimism of people who wear rose-colored glasses. They force us to look deep into the dark hole of suffering. But those two words are also embossed invitations to hope for people so blinded by pain and doubt they can’t even see. They are courageous, defiant words.

I’m writing this editorial just a few days before Easter. Since our daughter’s death in 1994, we’ve survived Easter to Easter. This will be our ninth Easter morning to gather at sunrise with a few friends at Megan’s grave.

It is an “AND YET” gathering. Her life was so short; AND YET, it was full of meaning. Her frail body was so broken; AND YET, she was truly a jar of clay used by God to hold his precious gospel. She lived only ten brief years; AND YET because of the resurrection of Jesus, we believe we will one day see her again.

I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve shed looking forward to that reunion.

Here’s my deepest conviction in life. Jesus died a cruel death on the cross one Friday. He was betrayed by one of his followers, denied by one of his best friends, and abandoned by many. He truly is a “man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.” AND YET, on Sunday God raised him up so that today he is King of kings and Lord of lords.

You might also appreciate reading “And Yet … A Memorial Service for Amy Krazer.”New Wineskins

copeMike Cope, author of Righteousness Inside Out: The Sermon on the Mount and the Radical Way of Jesus, is the senior minister for the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas, and adjunct professor of Bible at Abilene Christian University. Much of his ministry has been directed toward university students, as each Sunday for the past twenty years he has preached to hundreds of students. He is author of One Holy Hunger, Living in Two Worlds, and What Would Jesus Do? (with Rubel Shelly). For the past eleven years he has been co-editor of Wineskins Magazine. Mike and his wife, Diane, have two sons, Matthew and Christopher.


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