If the funeral is the party—or Easter—then Lent is the working schedule. If we start “working backward from our deadline,” or in this case, working backward from our death, we ask: What do we need to focus on so that we might celebrate at Easter? What do we need to accomplish on this earth before we are called home?
Do we need to increase the sharing of our gifts of time and money to help others? Do we need to financially support the organizations we believe in? Do we need to give more freely kind words or patience? How are you praising God by your actions? How are you working backward every day from the celebration of your life?
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Elizabeth McBride. Today is Easter Sunday. We remember Benedict the African, confessor, who died in 1589.