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June 20, 2021: In Our Darkest Moments

“Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals” (Rev. 5:5, NKJV).

Some years ago, I was sitting down in an ultrasound room watching a sonographer perform an ultrasound on my wife. We were expecting our second child and were looking forward to the day we could hold him/ her. This appointment was taking longer than usual, and I was getting impatient and nervous. I held my wife’s hand and quietly prayed for her and my child’s well-being.

After what seemed to be an eternity, the doctor came and proceeded to tell us they could not find a heartbeat. Our hearts sunk. Everything seemed to be lost. My wife and I began to cry as we embraced each other. This tragic moment was one we thought we couldn’t overcome. When tragedy hits home, there are many questions we ask ourselves.

In Revelation, John finds himself without hope: If no one is able to open the scroll, then his life, suffering and the death of his friends will be in vain. When everything seems lost, we must remember that the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” has conquered death, and He is in control of our lives. He is able to help us in our darkest moments; to pick us up and lead us to higher ground. Regardless of what the situation may be, the answer to life’s questions is always the same—Jesus!

As John wept, thinking all was lost, he learns that Jesus’ sacrifice had been accepted, for He was able to open the scroll! This has given hope to my family, and it can do the same for you.

Lord, when faced with trials, may we seek Your face. Amen.

Walter Cárdenas is the associate ministerial director, youth director and Hispanic Ministries coordinator for the Mountain View Conference.