Practicing Resurrection

“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf of springtime.” – Martin Luther

Where do you see resurrection popping up?

  • Plants pushing up and out with new growth.
  • Leafed out trees.
  • Dandelions in the yard.

Or perhaps you see resurrection in graduates prepping for a new transition. Relationships being rekindled over the summer at reunions or gatherings. Folks coming out of their homes as the days are long and talking to neighbors.

Maybe there’s resurrection to be found at work in a project that didn’t seem like it could be finished but ended well. Or, in your spirit when you go on vacation and get away from “it all.” Or, in practicing a time out from social media or electronics. Or, pulling out the grill and cooking up something tasty for the family finally all around the table.

What about the time you receive a gift of grace when you are sure you’ve messed up big time. Or, find empathy coming your way. Or, that driver you let in while merging in stopped traffic. Or, the smile from a stranger just when you needed it that warmed your heart.

“The practice of resurrection is an intentional, deliberate decision to believe and participate in resurrection life, life out of death, life that trumps death, life that is the last word, Jesus life.” Eugene Peterson

What might it mean to practice resurrection?

Perhaps to recognize those moments of new life springing up or gifts we didn’t expect is practicing resurrection. It’s a practice of hope, of looking for the good, of knowing that no matter how things seem to be going our God is a God who renews, redeems and resurrects. Always. Not always in ways we think are best, but in the end we remember that love wins.

We gather tomorrow at 9:00 and 10:30 am to remind one another that because of Jesus’ resurrection, we are people who practice resurrection. We’ll be looking for you!

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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