Better Than Eden?

Lest you think from the title of this blog that my family and are I living in some kind of blissful pre-Fall utopia, I will set the record straight. 

We have been married ten years and have four beautiful boys and a son or daughter in heaven who died before birth.  We are blessed.  Our life is sometimes peaceful, sometimes chaotic, sometimes messy, sometimes horribly painful, sometimes inexpressibly joyful.  But in all of it, Christ has proven His faithfulness and brought grace and resurrection from the sorrow and mess as well as from the joy and peace.  And sometimes it doesn't at all feel that way and we struggle.  Oftentimes, a lot.

Better Than Eden is not some syrupy reference to how our life is filled with rainbows and constant smiles and children who never misbehave and adults who never sin.  It simply recognizes the reality that in all of this, Christ is greater.  That from all eternity, the Heavenly Father prescribed that Christ would come and show us what real love is all about.  It is resurrection that comes only through the cross.  It is love that sacrifices itself, sometimes joyfully, sometimes quite painfully, in order to give of oneself for the sake of the other.  It is a life that while often yearning for the carefree freedom of Eden, also knows that in suffering and struggle and union with the cross comes a joy and resurrection greater than any we can imagine.  It is a life that tries to recognize that His plan is better and that despite the cross, nay BECAUSE of the cross, we can experience a greater Eden than ever there was.  We're not perfect, just redeemed.

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