Heroes in Heaven

“A mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious warrior; a person admired for achievements and noble qualities; one who shows great courage …”. These are just some of the ways that Merriam-Webster Online defines the word “Hero”.

Every day, the world loses a hero. Some are known to us on a personal level while others are not. Regardless, every hero has a name. Every hero has a story. Some stories are more widely shared than others. All stories are important. Heroes are loved and important to many people in their lives; some maybe without even knowing it.

Did you know that a synonym for hero is God? How cool is that? I never really thought of God that way, but HE really is. God exhibited great strength and courage as He was persecuted and hung on a cross to die for US!! Who does that? God does … In Romans Chapter 5 (NIV) we hear about Peace and Hope:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God loves us imperfections and all. AND God knows us by name. He sacrificed His own life so that we may live.

Whatever your definition of hero, I would encourage you to celebrate the heroes in your life – those still living and those holding space in heaven. Our tomorrows are not promised, but we know that God’s unconditional love for us is. To borrow the words Ellen DeGeneres says at the end of her show, “Be kind to one another.”

Dear God, Thank you for being a hero and an example of kindness, courage and love. May we remember that everyone is a child in Your eyes and that every story is important. May we be ready to not only share, but to listen to and receive the story of others; for all things happen in Your time. In Your name we pray, Amen.

April Schauer

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