This week our family will celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection. We believe a promise fulfilled. As I reflect this week on Christ’s obedience to the cross, I stand in awe at his love and the power of sacrifice. Nothing I can do or will do compares to what Jesus did for everyone and me, nor can it ever compare. I am forever thankful that Jesus is my just advocate. I am thankful that the journey we trek he has already journeyed. I am thankful that he is familiar with all the emotions, challenges, failures and triumphs we have and will experience. And I am humbled that God sends the people we need to make the trek.
Just this week one of the artisans from Ecuador, with whom I have been working with for almost 14 years, called. We hadn’t talked in a while and she wanted to connect. As I was sharing about our plans to move to Ecuador she stopped and said: “Francesca thank you, a thousand times over, for the hand you have given me.” I am thankful I had the hand to extend to her. And just this week three individuals shared our story with their pastors or pastors of churches they are familiar with in hopes of connecting us with their congregation in prayer and financial partnership. I am so thankful for their advocacy. God continues to reveal that he is for us. I am thankful for the promise.
“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
– 1 John 1:1-2