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Easter Faith

Apr 1
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Happy Spring, Beloved People!
That’s right, we have come into that season so many of us look forward to each year along with our annual celebration of Easter which will be an Easter to remember, but probably not in a good way. That is, unlike typical spring arrivals, this year brings NO sense of new life in the air but instead the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e. the Corona virus) about which we simply don’t know what will happen. Consequently, we are living in a social climate of social distancing due to the virus’ high risk of contagion with an equally high morbidity. Still, Easter, which means Resurrection, is a season of transformation and of its many messages and meanings, is the renewal of Hope and the joy of celebrating a new sense of living. For this reason, it is essential, more now than ever, to adopt and enliven an Easter Faith that is vibrant, triumphant and confident that God alone causes new life to spring up both within ourselves and in the world.
Regarding Easter we all know the story well, but do we know what makes Easter Faith essential? The necessity of Easter Faith is an outcome of the actuality of Jesus’ ministry of transformation and according to scholars (ex., Marcus Borg and Clarence Jordan) who assert that: “proof Jesus lives is not the empty tomb, but the full hearts of his transformed disciples… and spirit-filled fellowships”. Thus, Easter Faith is not about “right beliefs” but rather, it is about a “change of heart”. It is faith that is united with Hope and Love guarded by the Peace of God. Easter Faith is fearless, formidable and unwavering; it’s tested by fire and rejoices amidst a range of trials. Easter Faith helps us see “Good Friday experiences” through the new eyes (i.e., God´s eyes) of “Easter Sunday”.
Easter Faith enables us to show up with a positive attitude; to renew relationships that are broken; and to express appreciation and love for all of God’s creatures and creation. That’s why, in “mean seasons” – seasons saturated in death, illness, confusion, and uncertainty – we demonstrate that Jesus is alive beyond simply testifying that He has died and risen. Easter Faith wakes us from lethargy, empowers us to shake off apathy, and emboldens us to proclaim, with our own lives, that Jesus is truly alive by remembering and living …
“I am in the Father and the Father is in me… the person who trusts me will not only do the works that I do but even greater things, because,” (John 14:11,12) “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6)
Your Sister in Faith …. Reverend Gale Jones, Senior Pastor

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