Thoughts for the Easter season
The season of Lent and Easter is a time of mystery and power.
God is much bigger and more than a warm security blanket wrapping the Earth, and bigger than the whole solar system.
In fact, it is not like God lives in some corner of the universe. Rather, reality as we know it may be living in some part of the heart and mind of the Creator. All this may be a small thing in the hands of the Creator. Remember the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
So many people and cultures have lived and are living now. There is evidence of faith and spirituality in many different centuries and in many places. Jews, Christians and Muslims say there is only one God. Many Indigenous teachings also say there is only One, the Creator.
Here we are, the Christian stream in the middle of all this. The Bible is our guide in faith and life, especially the gospels in the New Testament. Gatherings of believers and discerning the times are important. We can know what we are to be and do:
- Love the Lord your God, love your neighbour as yourself.
- Be still and know that I am God.
- Be a shepherd, bring people to green pasture and quiet waters, walk with those in the shadows, prepare tables for enemies, love kindness and mercy.
- Praise the Lord . . . justice for the oppressed, food to the hungry, set prisoners free, open the eyes of the blind, raise up those who are bowed down, protect strangers, support the fatherless and the widow.
- Beat swords into ploughshares, learn war no more.
- Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God.
Those are all from the Old Testament. We say the New Testament calls us to more. Incarnation, salvation, resurrection, discipleship and reconciliation are powerful words. And, amazingly, Jesus invites us to address the Creator, the Lord God Almighty, as Father. The mysteries of what we remember and celebrate on Good Friday and Easter are beyond our reason and understanding. Listen, learn, share these things with gentleness.
There are questions, problems—here and now, about “wheat and weeds,” and also about life beyond time—God will take care of all that. Occasionally in our societies, we need lawyers, but God does not need prosecutors or defence lawyers.
We already have more than enough teachings and examples to fill and use all of our hearts, minds and strength, as we try to follow the Jesus of the gospels.
—Ray Hamm, Neubergthal, Man.
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