Saturday, April 07, 2007

what a day can do

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, a day on which millions of people remember that two thousand years ago a man rose from the dead.

Time runs quickly; days run together. Their significance is lost in a blur of years. But oh, what a day can do! What that day did, for all of us. Easter is not just a holiday without personal significance, it's at the intimate core of who I am and what my life is about.

Because of that day, I know God. Do you? Stop. Think about that. Because of Jesus' resurrection, the enmity that once existed between you and the Creator no longer does. It has been gloriously replaced. God has adopted me. God is my Father. I have access to Him, and I love Him... perhaps that is the greatest miracle of all.

Because of that day, I have eternal life. Life with my Father. With my elder Brother, Christ Jesus the Lord. Because of that day, all of life is invested with meaning and quiet delight. Days may blur together, but they're not meaningless. They're colourful threads in a tapestry God is weaving.

Because of that day, a community was born. An assembly of people from every culture, tribe, and nation, a community that has existed for centuries and is still one. A community which has never truly lost a single member, for God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. This community, this church, is so close that we sometimes refer to each other as "the Body." This is not a community that exists only in theory. They have been the most important people in the world to me. I have loved them. They have loved me. Because of that day.

Because of that day, hope.

Things are dark--hope.

The world is evil--hope.

People still die--hope.

Because of that day, hope. There is no darkness so great that hope does not eclipse it. Hope is not born of wishes or resolution that we will do our best. It's born in resurrection.

What has that day meant to you?

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Blogger Emily Mae said...

Happy Easter, Starr. Great points you make here. One Savior...and now, we all have one choice to make: life, or death? Seems so simple, doesn't it.
How I love our God!
I'd better get to bed, I'll start babbling gibberish if I don't sleep (well, my comment isn't very deep, so you might say I'm already babbling gibberish). I love you!

11:07 p.m.  
Blogger Tripp Hudgins said...

Happy Easter...I usually lurk without comments, but I wanted to wish you peace this Easter.

7:33 p.m.  

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