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Immeasurable Cost

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger
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April 14, 2022 3:30 am

Immeasurable Cost

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger

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April 14, 2022 3:30 am

Immeasurable Cost

A close pastor friend of mine called me after burying his beloved dog. While digging the hole, he wept while angrily reflecting on how much he hated death. The conversation turned to the countless funerals he presided over during his ministry – I played the piano for many of those services. We talked a bit longer about some of the cherished families we ministered to during those funerals, and we discussed our shared anger at death. Then he said something that's never left me.

"Do you know who hates death more?"

"God hates death," he stated quietly.

Pausing, he then added, "He hates it so much that he took it upon Himself to provide a way to defeat death."

When Jesus stood at his friend Lazarus' grave, John 11:38 shares He was "…deeply moved." Some translations state that anger welled up in Jesus—anger at death.

Mere weeks after standing at Lazarus' grave, on what we celebrate as Easter Sunday, Jesus indeed conquered death, but at immeasurable cost to Himself.           

“Please - Aslan,” said Lucy, “can anything be done to save Edmund?”  “All shall be done,” said Aslan. “But it may be harder than you think.” – C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

 

 

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Looking back to home. For this reason this is proven for use of family caregiver that is building across from my CD sold for the caregiver.

I recorded that during Community Church in Nashville some years ago and affirmed by Daniel Fisher played violin on that and it was just so extraordinary you could hear some of the clanking around of the community tradespeople coughing that comes stuff, but I thought the performance that he brought to a decent exquisite violinist is is really quite breathtaking. It very moving and I've got let my pastor from Nashville for 20 years plus talent.

He's still my pastor will always be my pastor, my dear friend Jim Bachmann and he every time a play that probably he gets tears of the size is remembers what we did it live and it was such an amount just a very moving time and is such a treat to play with musicians like that so I put this as it was on the CD, and it's appropriate here.

For this weekend of Easter week in the old rugged Cross. Thank you for indulging me on that. Glad to have you with this hope for the caregiver.com hope for the caregiver.com. If you want to be part of the program.

Speaking of that pastor my friend Jim remember he called me up once couple years back and he was bearing his dog love that dog that was it was very special to me. You know how our dogs are to us and they had a couple of wonderful golden retriever's and this one of the first one the past when I hear suspect wanted this dog was very close to Jim and been a source of great love to him through some tough losses and some tough things. Jim went through and any call me up after bearing the dog and in I am blessed to count him. This is one of my dear friends inside treasure him sharing this moment with me in and I have permission to share this. He said you know I hate death that I hate death and I just listened to my friend for a few moments we weave together, worked many many funerals. He is officiated the funeral and I would play for the of people that we care deeply about and you know when you're the pastor you become very much involved in people's lives a solace with my own father during some of the worst times of their life. But when you're a musician. You also are invited to participate in people's lives. I've always taken it as a great honor to be asked to play at a funeral and I try to make an effort if I possibly can sometimes my life is a little bit crazy but I do try to make an effort and I found those times it Jim and I did these together were were quite meaningful and he trusted me at the piano to to do things that would really not only be appropriate for funeral so hard to be appropriate for a funeral. As far as music, hymns, and so forth.

But to be sensitive to where the family struggled and that I would always listen to his sermons at the funeral and they think deeply moving. So here's a man who has spent a career a lifetime's management minister for about 40 years. We presented a lot of funerals that I've played a lot of funerals so we were not unfamiliar with the the challenges the heartache, the sorrows, the, the drama, and I listen to him with that context, what he saying he hates death is not just a one time thing with family. This is a lifetime of him having to look at people in the face as they struggled with the hardest question of all is a face death and speak hope and speak God's comfort into that and now he was on the phone with me saying I hate Letty added something that never left me. He said you know makes death more. You hates more than me more than any of us said God hates death went on to say, hates it so much that he took it upon himself to provide a way to defeat and I can't help but think of that time when Jesus stood at the grave of Lazarus, John 1138 shares that he was deeply moved and also that Jesus wept.

There was some translation stated that the that Jesus was so moved that that that that anger was welling up in him, anger at death a gestalt of theologians who were much wiser than me whether not that's accurate but that's from what I've seen and studied. There was there was it was visceral for hate just weeks after standing at Lazarus grave.

What we will celebrate this Easter Sunday.

Tomorrow Jesus indeed conquered death, but he did it in a measurable cost to himself. In his book the lion the witch and the wardrobe. CS Lewis gives such an amazing description of the drama in the heartache in the trauma that Jesus endured. Some say that it was wanted Gethsemane because that's where Jesus completely put his will and to his father's will.

Is that okay I'm going to do this. I want please take it from me if you can I get it, not my will, but that and I'm going to do this any set his face like flint for the joy before him.

He endured the cross, but in the lion the witch and the wardrobe. Lucy, one of the little kids was concerned. Her brother had betrayed everybody and the evil character in the book was the white which she had jurisdiction over that betrayal and the young boy's name was Edmund. His life was forfeit and Lucy pled with Asselin the great lion. She said please Asselin can anything be done to save it.

Asselin replied also be done, but it may be harder than you think that one phrase from Lewis still gets me it it it it captures the deep sorrow and pathos and pain that our Savior went through on our behalf. Hard to wrap our minds around this effect. I think it's impossible to wrap our minds around the men deficits and the magnitude the cross, but it is what makes us when all else seems lost to know that he took this on himself. He felt and heard me say on the show that I have caregiver amnesia and I do have to go back and listen to my own program. I have the rebound book I have to remind myself of these things that we talked about on this program but that pales in comparison to the gospel amnesia that I have which is far more important and I have to be reminded of this great gospel.

This great work that was done on our behalf, and I would be failing in my responsibilities about privilege not to address this with clarity to my fellow caregivers and others to pierce through that fog that fear obligation and guilt that bind so many of us of what this means for us as believers that we have hope. We have hope is caregivers, not because of the work that we do or how smart we are, how clever we are. We have hope because one said that all shall be done.

It was harder than we can imagine. And I'm sure you've all watched the passion of the Christ try to watch it every Easter you know, I find myself as Jim Caviezel's trailer. Jesus is so spot on Eddie's struggling up the hill. There, and I'm cheering him on.

Because if he tested and take it. I have to do it and I can't do.

He chose to do it because we can all shall be done, but it may be harder their indulgence of light in this part of the broadcast, with more of Daniel now playing from that Sunday some years ago was a medley of the old rugged cross, and near the buffet and across in that second verse particular near the cross a trembling soul. Love mercy found there, the bright and morning star sheds means horse in the cross and the cross being my Philmont rapture social risks shares a dispute arose murder. Did you know that you can recycle used prosthetic limbs know. Can we been doing this at standing with hope since 2005 or six years I did it myself out of our garage and sometimes on colder nights of sit by the fire, nor did I be surrounded by a bunch of prosthetic legs that have gone from all of the country and I would disassemble them and store the feet the pylons the needs the adapters the screws all those things. It can be re-salvaged and repurposed to build a custom fit leg wonderful organization in Nashville partnered with us to help take it out of my garage in my den and into a better system. This is core civic core civic.com that they are the nation's largest owner of partnership correctional detention and residential reentry facilities and they have a lot of faith-based programs and I'm proud to say that standing with hope is one of those programs and has been now for over a decade inmates volunteer to help us disassemble those used prosthetic limbs.

Reports show the inmates who go through faith-based programs are better equipped to go back into society and the recidivism rate of return back to prison is so low they don't want to come back in society doesn't want to come back and faith-based programs are a big part of, and that's something that core civic really believes in, and we are so thrilled that standing with hope is one of those programs for the first time started inmate looked at me said I never done anything positive with my hands until I started doing this program stating without another inmate told me he said I thought of people with disabilities until I started doing this and this is an extraordinary partnership and very moving to see this see we can do so much with these materials but a lot of family members have a love on the passes away. They don't know what to do with the Linda keep it in the closet or sometimes even worse than throw it away. Please don't let that happen. Please send it to us through stating without stated with hope.com/recycle stating with hope.com/recycle and let's give the gift that keeps on walking


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