Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen Indeed!
We wake up this morning to the empty tomb of Jesus. We wake up to the greatest lesson of the Christian faith: that God forces goodness, purpose and beauty out of evil, sin and death.
Last spring a violent hailstorm caused over $25,000.00 of damage to my home. The insurance adjustor assessed its value, and over the course of the summer the house was repaired little by little. The hailstorm also badly damaged my lilac bushes. There were no fragrant flowers last spring, no sweet smelling blossoms. The summer went by and early one September morning, I stepped outside and noticed small clusters of lilac blossoms covering the whole bush. In all my years, I had never seen a lilac bush bloom in the fall. To me it was a sign of resurrection, a lesson right outside my front door that God forces beauty out of death. The insurance adjustor placed no value on the lilacs, but God did.
Prayer can be much more than saying prayers at set times. Prayer is waking up to the presence of God and to the wonder of resurrection no matter where you are or what you are doing.
–Nancy Pauls, Pastor of Prayer