Happy Easter season! We are again reminded that we are people of the resurrection. It’s the season of hope–the promise of new life to come. We’ve passed the somberness of Lent and Holy Week and are rejoicing in the words: “Christ is risen! Alleluia!”
So, how do we live as people of the resurrection?
I have a 26-year-old friend on death’s bed. She is unable able to talk, but she writes that she is not “worrying about dying because she looks forward to the day she is with God in heaven.” She (and our God) are living the promise of the resurrection. Playing music, having the sun warm her body, being surrounded by flowers inside, enjoying spring with lots of time for prayer and quiet are the ways she has decided to live in the midst of dying.
What has the resurrection called us to do? Tell our faith stories; live our stories and hear others’ stories. We are Easter people! Live that promise!
This message is an excerpt from an April 2012 Women of the ELCA blog by Diane Frederick. Today is the second Sunday of Easter. The readings are Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31. Please pray for Women of the ELCA’s executive board as they travel home from Chicago. Today we remember Toyohiko Kagawa, renewer of society, who died in 1960.