Even as we face things that are sad and that bring anxiety, we also see so much good.
As I’ve thought about Easter celebration this Sunday I’ve though about how my grandmother and other influencers in my early life really stressed that resurrection Sunday is every Sunday, and by implication, all our days are a chance to resurrect or to witness resurrection.
To that point, I’ve observed new ideas, innovations, and creativity emerge or come to our awareness through the news all week. There seems to be no end to the creativity and kindness that is everywhere. Resurrection is now every day.
Our friend Chauncey, who sent the image to the right, also told me about his experience this week of realizing his need to overcome his ego through something that happened in a flash in a supermarket parking lot.
Here is his story:
“If anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation.”
~2 Cor. 5:17
As I was leaving Costco the other day, a lady in the parking lot noticed my basket and said, “Wow! You were able to get toilet paper!”
I replied, “Well, yes, I guess I got here early enough.”
She said, “I was in line early, too, but they ran out.”
I thought to myself, “Well, you know, when you live right … !”
NOW, I DID NOT SAY THAT OUT LOUD, BUT, GOD HELP ME, IN MY SPIRITUAL PRIDE I THOUGHT IT!
That’s why I’m excited about Easter.
Resurrection means I can get over myself, and be raised up with the spirit of humility befitting a servant of Christ.
For some time Sandy and I have worked to practice Christian stewardship, sharing our blessings with others. But, thankfully, the Lord is not finished with me. God knows what is within, and is re-making me to be a part of the new creation.
I was so moved by Chauncy’s humility and his sense of humor about that need we all have (to get over ourselves). His way of telling the story reminded me that we don’t have to be burdened by the mistakes of our thinking and actions. We live in the fertile ground of resurrection.
In other news, our BREAKFAST TEAM successfully delivered meals for the second time, on Wednesday the 8th, to the social workers and medical staff who are managing the convention center temporary homeless shelter. Thanks for your participation in this. We are scheduled again for the 18th. No more money is needed for this project. I saw one of our regular breakfast folk when I was dropping off the food. From a safe distance he asked me if when the virus is over, will we go back to having the breakfast. I assured him that was our plan.
This Sunday’s worship video will come to you in an email on Saturday evening. You can also go to fumcfw.org/live at 8:30 am on Sunday to watch it “live.”
Hans and Bill and I created a video for you. Hans will sing Roll That Stone Away. (You don’t want to miss that!) Also be prepared (with anything bread-like or juice-like you have with you at home) to join in taking the bread and cup if you like.
I’ve enjoyed communicating with some of you this week in one way or another. Please stay in touch. Send photos of what you see, and we will always include some of them in the video or in this email.
Much love to you all.