Youth Digest – 04.16.19

The news of yesterday’s fire in Paris at the famed and historic cathedral of Notre Dame was shocking and devastating (thankfully, no lives were lost). The world is still filled with so many questions of “How did this happen?” or “Why did this happen?” I think this is true for any time we face devastation in our own lives. We are shocked by it, while filled the so many questions of “why?”.

Today in Paris while the recovery team went into the wreckage to investigate the damage, they made a remarkable discovery. They discovered that through all the smoke and damage and everything that the fire did to the cathedral, the alter with the crucifix and the cross behind it remains standing and intact. This is so true for our lives as well. Even when our lives are devastated there’s one constant, one thing remains: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

The weight of this incredible loss is doubled as it is the beginning of Holy Week. But what a reminder it serves for us that even through the devastation and the destruction, Christ remains at the center. This reminds me of the verse from John 1:4-5:


“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”


As we prepare for Christ’s victory over death this coming Sunday, my prayer for us this week is that we hold tight to this verse as we wrestle with the devastation that occurs daily in our broken world, knowing that Christ has won and will come again to save us all from sin and death.

Tanya Karn