Daily Devotions: April 18, 2017

Psalm 16:1-6

“Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.’” vss. 1-2

Lent is over and Easter has begun. Through these next weeks, we’ll be reflecting on the shape of the resurrected life we have in Christ Jesus. Last Sunday it was good to come together for our annual Easter morning pep rally and sing the old familiar songs of triumph and praise. It was a time for scattered families to gather and hear encouraging words, that Jesus is alive and present among us. We saw people at worship that we haven’t seen since last Easter…and it was good to see them. Some were there as a matter of faith…it’s what they do every Sunday. For others worship wasn’t so much conviction as it was tradition…it’s what their family does on Easter. No matter! At least they were there. And if their ears were open they heard the good news that their loving Lord has set them free from every sort of fear, even the fear of death. And more than that, they heard the echo of the psalmist’s claim that the Lord is the proper center of every human life. When our own goodness fails us and we fall prey to the whispered invitations of lesser gods, the Risen Christ renews our hearts with love and through the Spirit continues the work of transformation. We are becoming the people our Creator has made us to be. We have been made alive together with Christ…and through him our Easter continues!

Thought for the Day: How will I celebrate Easter today?

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