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Easter

This is the song that has been playing over and over since Good Friday!  I shared with some young adults that my Easter observations this year would reflect my “oldness”.  When I was growing up singing this song on Easter Sunday was a given, and of course, it is Dunlop Federal Law.

I have also been challenged this Easter to seek ways to keep the celebration of the Resurrection alive all year-long in my life and in the lives of the children that I serve and minister to.  A celebration that reveals that Jesus Christ is alive and well, and makes a difference in our lives every day.

This song uncovers a personal testimony

Look for it.  Is it yours?

as well as a description of the essence of Jesus Christ–

Look for Him.  He lives.

Enjoy the lyrics!  Let them embed themselves in your mind and in your heart and in your soul.  He lives today!

He Lives!

I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.

He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho’ my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro’ all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.

He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.

He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

He lives.

So now how do I choose to live?

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Clamoring Silence

“It is finished,” He said.

It’s Saturday.

 All is seemingly calm and still, but

the disciples are filled with questions,

thoughts clamoring in the silence

What should I have done?

What has he done?

What happened that it ended like this?

How could I have changed it?

Why did I run?

Why am I hiding?

with fear,

Who will they come for next?

What will happen to me?

What does any of this mean?

with nothingness . . .

What do we do without Jesus?

Who hears and knows me and loves me now?

Why Jesus?

It’s bleak.

It’s joyless.

It’s painful.

It’s waiting . . . in the silence . . . with all the clamoring

the glass is empty . . .

or is it?

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He is alive again!

Easter

Jesus

Resurrection

Life

Love

Hope

all things are new

I wonder what Monday was like for the disciples – not just the 12 but for all of Jesus’ followers.  How was life different?  What were the conversations about around town?  Oh, yes about Jesus’ resurrection but what was the context?

 Disbelief?

Joy?

Persuasive?

Argumentative?

Contentment?

 Peace?

 Happiness?

Disgust?

 Angry?

Proud?

Questioning?

Amazement?

Skeptical?

Doubting?

Trying to figure out how it happened?

 Life would never be the same.

Jesus, his life, his death, and his resurrection changed the world.

What about your world?

Has Jesus transformed you?

Do you and do I invite him into our lives every day?

Remember – he is alive again!

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It’s Saturday, and we all know Sunday is coming!  We celebrate Sunday.  We long for Sunday, and yet we mostly live in Saturday.

Saturday the day when all is lost– hope, joy, love, a new way, a new teacher…..

On Saturday he is not Messiah or King or Redeemer or Deliverer.

On Saturday he is dead.

The glass is empty

or. . . is it?

Is Saturday the end?

In the midst of  pain, we easily forget what we know.

Jesus told his followers many things.

I have prepared a place for you.

When I go, I will return.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Time to live every day remembering…

Jesus  is alive again!

and

His words are true for us every moment.

Saturday or Sunday?

It is what it is . . . Or is it?

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Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe,

who gives to us . . .

springtime,

new life,

awakening trees,

buds and leaves gracing the empty branches,

tulips, lilacs, daffodils, hyacinths,

smells of spring,

sunny days,

warmth of the outdoors,

rain to water the grass,

green grass,

 an empty tomb,

a risen Savior,

hope,

new life,

God has created a beautiful world

and a beautiful life

for us to receive with thankful hearts!

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Good Friday

we remember

they, the followers of Jesus

ran away,

waited,

mourned,

wept,

tried to remember,

asked each other questions,

waited,

asked God a lot of questions,

screamed in frustration,

panicked,

waited,

tried to breathe,

tried not to think,

wanted to forget,

wondered,

tried to figure out what Jesus meant,

questioned everything that Jesus said,

remembered how Jesus loved,

waited . . .

Good Friday is a day of remembrance, a day of waiting, a day of lingering,

Yes, we know the rest of the story.  Try to walk in their sandals for a moment.

Let’s remember Good Friday.  Jesus has died.  For his disciples the world came to a standstill.  Let’s not rush the waiting of the disciples in their pain . . . Yes, Jesus prepared them, but they just couldn’t imagine that it would all end like this on one Friday afternoon.

How do you wait and remember when it’s all over?

As we wait with the disciples in this life crisis, we just might insert ourselves and our responses when we do not understand what God is doing.

It’s a day to remember and wait together

for even when we think, it’s all over

God is continues to love the world

remember He gave his only Son for you.

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He is going away.  He has tried to prepare them.

Does Jesus wonder . . .

Do they understand?

Obviously not by our conversations.

Will they remember?

Well, one will betray me.

Another will deny me.

What else can I say?

How do I keep them together?

I know that they will scatter tonight.

Will they fit the pieces together?

What more can I show them?

I have given them a day of celebration by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.

I have taught in the temple this week.

I have shown my anger at the thievery in the temple rather than prayer.

I have shared the Passover Meal with them again, a freedom celebration.

I have provided for them a remembrance.

I have prayed for them and all believers.

We sang together.

I requested their prayers and support for the night and day ahead.  They tried.

In the midst of a nighttime arrest, I have shown calmness and compassion to them.

They are gone.

I will soon be gone.

Will they remember all that I have taught them?

They will experience every emotion possible soon.

Will they remember?

I wonder what Jesus was thinking as he prepared to leave them to redeem them, his followers, forever.  How easily we forget . . .

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