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From the Pastor’s Desk:
And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
This begins Luke’s account of the most important day in the history of the world. The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The week prior had been a wide range of emotion to say the least. The triumph and glory entering Jerusalem would turn to betrayal, denial, unspeakable physical and psychological pain, anguish, fear and despair.
Now, at the tomb, confusion, which will quickly turn to joy, celebration, love and ever-growing faith like never before. When I think of Easter Sundays, I think of congregations wearing their “Easter best.” I think of pastel colors, flowers in bloom, family gatherings and chorus of voices greeting each other with “He is risen” to the response of “He is risen indeed!” And of course, Easter egg hunts and lots and lots of chocolate!
But as we celebrate the color and life that Easter brings, let us also remember the grave darkness just before dawn that began the day. It is a similar darkness which may exist within many of our lives or the lives of those around us, family, friends or others within our community. A darkness of loneliness, of loss of the death of a family member, of addiction, of racism, of illness or of financial crisis. A darkness that is often veiled with a subtle smile or the comment of “I’m fine” or “Things are great”. Only things aren’t always great. Alone, at times the weight seems too great to bear. It is a darkness that keeps one from truly experiencing the love of Christ in our lives, and living our truly best life.
We celebrate life when we celebrate Easter. The life of Jesus Christ, defeating death, Satan and the weight of all of our sins. In Him, and through Him we have life. Turn our lives to Him and help others turn their lives to Him. He can bear our darkness. He can bear the weight of our burdens. He conquered death and sin for each of us and rolled away the stone. And He still moves stones.