Excerpt from Daily Guide 2012After my doctor announced that I had cancer, I tried to listen to what he said, but I couldn’t. I went home, pulled a blanket over my head, and fell asleep on the couch, as if sleeping could change the diagnosis.

When I finally gained enough strength to tell my loved ones, a friend said something memorable. After expressing her sympathy, she said, “This is what will happen. You will feel really bad for 3 days. Then you will get up and figure out what you have to do, and get on with life.” Then she added, “I think it has to do with death, burial and resurrection.”

At the time, I didn’t believe it. I was sure that life was over and  couldn’t imagine feeling normal again. But, she was right. Three days later I woke up and realized I didn’t feel quite so bad. And little by little, despite the physical misery of chemotherapy treatments, my emotional and spiritual condition improved significantly. I ‘died’ to my old reality and was ‘raised’ to a new normal.

Thankfully, God is in the business of resurrection. For those who have died in Christ, the death of one reality means resurrection to a new, glorious normal so that we can “walk in newness of life” (Rom.6:4).

To be in Christ is to share in His life, in his death, and in his resurrection.