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He is Risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

What joy we proclaim with one another as we gather on Easter morning, finding the empty tomb, just as God promised. What joy we proclaim in life conquering death – because Jesus is Risen!

Imagine, with me: how might your entire day change if you wrote these words down and stuck them somewhere you would say them, out loud, for the entire season of Easter – 50 days. How might your entire life be changed by daily repeating the promise we cling to as the core of our faith?

Imagine with me: what if – for the entire season of Easter – we opened ourselves up to the joy we proclaim on Easter morning? So for 49 more mornings – we repeat that joy that comes from life, as a community from wherever we are, with our families or friends or even coworkers.

Jesus is risen because he was raised from the dead – resurrection only happens after death. We know this in our lives – roses only bloom after they’ve been pruned back. New jobs begin because a previous one ended. Adulthood arrives when teenage acne and childhood toys are put away (well…most of them). New life can only come after something dies. A caterpillar goes into a cocoon to end life as a caterpillar, and be risen up as a butterfly.

Imagine with me: what if – for the entire season of Easter – we opened ourselves up to the way in which the Spirit might be bringing new life into our community. What needs to die in your life, in order for God’s promise of new life be made known to you? What habits need to die in order for you to hear God’s living promise of grace?

What relationships might need to end in order for you to hear God’s living promise of just how worthy you are to be loved to your fullest potential?

The areas where we crave God’s presence, God’s already there. Because we live on this side of the resurrection, God’s already working new life in our lives. But oh, how we would SEE it, see the joy we proclaim, if only realized that not all things in our lives bring new life and joy. It is ok to give those up: the hurt and the anger and the belief that you are not enough. Imagine the way you could see God working in your life! I will be imagining with and for you!

He is Risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

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