Easter 2014

"Even such a time, takes in trust, 

Our youth, our joys, and all we have, 

And pays us but with age and dust,

Who in the dark and silent grave,

When we have wandered all our ways,

Shuts up the story of our days,

And from this earth, this grave, this dust,

My God shall raise me up, I trust."

                                            Sir Walter Raleigh

     Sir Walter stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries, in an era known for outstanding men as well as one of the most revered, powerful, extraordinary women of all time, Queen Elizabeth. A favorite of "good Queen Bess" Sir Walter was renowned as a dreamer of colossal dreams, with the drive and tenacity to see them flourish, as a soldier, scholar, poet, adventurer, lover, and as a man of God, with a deep abiding love of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On the night before he was beheaded he wrote with great and powerful faith the above poem Even Such As Time.

     One cannot help but wonder at the depth of trust in Our Lord that enabled Sir Walter to look with such honesty at his life and all he had accomplished as dust, as he took hold of the significance of Easter and its promise as Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15:14 & 15--And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised (New International Version).