Tuesday, April 6, 2021

We are now in that liturgical season called Eastertide.  What that means for us is that although Easter Day has come and gone, Easter is not over.  This is the time when we need to seriously consider the work of Easter.

The work of Easter has several components.  There is the work of spiritual formation, the process of maturing one’s relationship with God.  It means coming to a deeper understanding of what God wants us to do with our lives.  It is an internal process that opens us to the world outside of ourselves. 

The work of spiritual formation is not easy.  It requires discipline which is an essential part of a commitment to the process.  We all experience the process in different ways.  For some it entails daily prayer; for others reading and studying; and for even others, some form of disciplined activity.  The work of Easter draws us closer to God and to our model of living, Jesus, the one who taught us that love conquers death.

Prayer for the Day

God who lies beyond our vision, open the eyes of our hearts,

   And move us beyond the limits of our senses;  

Christ who calls us to serve you in this world,

   Expand our sight to see need all around us;                                                               , 
Holy Spirit who empowers us to be all we can be,

   Be with us this day and always. 

We ask this in the name of him who gives us life,

   Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.   


Thoughts for the Day

In the oddity or maybe the miracle of life, the roots of something new frequently lie in the decaying husks of something old.

                        Craig D. Lounsbrough, American pastor, therapist, and writer

The acceptance of the resurrection is the realization of the fact that we need wait no longer to see ourselves as healed and whole.

                        Marianne Williamson, American author

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;

   With my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;

   Your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

                        Psalm 89: 1-2