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March 19, 2022 8:00 pm
In a widely shared video, an elegant elderly woman sits in a wheelchair. Once a famed ballet dancer, Marta González Saldaña now suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. But something magical happens when Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is played to her. As the music builds, her frail hands slowly rise, and as the first trumpets blast she starts performing from her chair. Though her mind and body are perishing, her talent is still there.
Reflecting on that video, my thoughts went to Paul’s teaching on resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. Likening our bodies to a seed that is buried before it sprouts into a plant, he says that though our bodies may perish through age or illness, may be a source of dishonor, and may be wracked with weakness, the bodies of believers will be raised imperishable, full of glory and power (vv. 42–44). Just as there is an organic link between the seed and the plant, we will be “us” after our resurrection, our personalities and talents intact, but we will flourish like never before.
When the haunting melody of Swan Lake began to play, Marta at first looked downcast, perhaps mindful of what she once was and could no longer do. But then a man reached over and held her hand. And so it will be for us. Trumpets will blast (v. 52), a hand will reach out to us, and we will rise to dance like never before.
Library, thank you for joining me for today's L daily bread devotional insured in Boise about total studies reading rising to Don's in the widely shared video and elegant elderly woman sits in a wheelchair. Once a famed belly dancer Martha Gonzalo Saldanha now suffers from Alzheimer's disease. But something magical happens when Tchaikovsky swarmed Lake is played to as the music builds her frail hand slowly rise does the first trumpets blast. She stops performing from her chair the mind and body are perishing. The talent is still there. Reflecting on that video muffled swing to Paul's teaching on resurrection. In first Corinthians 15 likening our bodies to a seed that is buried before it sprouts into a plot. He says that though our bodies may perish through age or illness may be a source of dishonor and may be wrecked with weakness. The bodies of believers will be raised imperishable, full of glory and power. Just as there is an organic link between the seed in the plot. We will be us after our resurrection out personalities and talents intact, but we will flourish like never before. When the haunting melody of Swan Lake began to play moderate first looks down cost perhaps mindful of what she wants walls and could no longer do. But then the man reached out and held her hand and so it will be for us trumpets will blast and will reach out. We will rise to dance like never before. Today's Scripture reading is from first Corinthians chapter 15 verses 35 to 44 but someone will ask how the dead raised with what kind of body will they come.
How foolish what you sow does not come to life unless it dies when you so you do not plant the body that will be just a seed, perhaps of wheat or something else. But God gives it a body as he is determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body, the whole flesh is the same people have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds and other fish and other. There are also heavenly bodies and their earthly bodies, but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind in the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another star differs from star in splendor, so will it be with the resurrection of the dead the body. The design is perishable, it is raised imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Let's pray thank you Jesus that with you. Nothing that is good in their lives is ever lost while we may lose our health and our abilities, and age or illness may mean we can't do what we used to do.
War actually have the capacity to do one day we will take your hand and we will rise to Don's all-out talents ablaze in your glory. Thank you for this hope that we have for the future.
It's a kind of hope. We can't find anywhere else. We praise you for this. Lord, in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening. I'm shared in Boise and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries