Pure Exhilaration – Monday, September 23rd, 2019

The other afternoon my daughter and I were watching Cher’s Living Proof: The Farewell Tour on TV. I had seen Cher’s concert live. As we watched the performance on television I was reminded of the energy and excitement of that July evening in 2003. As show time approached, the emotion in the crowd intensified until at last Cher appeared on stage. Upon seeing her, the crowd erupted with thunderous applause. People shouted, whooped, hollered and even whistled to show Cher how much they appreciated her presence. There was a moment of pure exhilaration just before Cher stepped on stage, and I was overcome with joy as she started to sing.

If Cher could create that much joy for me, I can only imagine what my response will be when the triumphant Lord Jesus Christ makes His next appearance on earth. There are days when I imagine His return and am overcome with joy at the thought of His coming. I am anticipating that moment when He comes to earth riding on the clouds. “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced Him” (Revelation 1:7).

Some days my heart swells with gladness and thanksgiving as I think about His returning to gather His people and ushering them into the glorious kingdom of God.

Each Sunday, when I attend worship, I remember Christ’s death on the cross for me, and I anticipate the marvelous day when He will return.

Photo By Austin Schmid


Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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