HAPPY EASTER! Yes, we are still in the Easter season – until Pentecost at the end of May. So, we celebrate! The Sunday after Easter we continued our celebration with Holy Humor Sunday, based on historical information that the early Christian church, once it understood what God had done through the Resurrection, celebrated Easter – not just for a day or two, but for an entire week! So, we celebrate!
During our celebration we will read Scripture from the Gospels of Luke and John and passages of the Acts of the Apostles. Each time the Risen Jesus continues to appear and to teach and remind his Apostles about God’s commandment to love all people. God wants us not only to love, but also to forgive as God has forgiven us.
In the midst of his teaching, Jesus points to the future promise of his presence through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will continue to teach, to empower and encourage all who are sent out in Christ’s name. That’s us folks!
We are among those sent into the world by Jesus! So what are we to do once we’re there – which is where we are every day of our lives! Well – first become aware of where you see God. Are you aware of God’s presence in your home? Perhaps God is working through your children as they share toys with one another – as they help each other in school or at play? Are you aware of God in your workplace? Look at your co-workers, your boss – how is God working through them in your workplace? What about “out in the world” - where do you see God at work?
Those of us at a recent Revitalization meeting heard the story of one church that houses homeless once a month. The members decided to provide the means for their guests to wash their clothes – quarters, detergent, softener and transportation. One member’s daughter was coming from Ohio for a visit. She stopped on her way at a store that had laundry detergent for $1 a box. She emptied the shelf. While she was standing in line, another person commented on her basket filled with detergent. When she explained what her mother’s church, in PA was doing, the stranger immediately wrote a check to the church to help with the effort. Was God at work in this situation?
In this season of Easter, I encourage you to become aware of where God is at work in your life and in the world around you. Then – join with God to share God’s love and forgiveness with all you meet!