As you receive this edition of our Memos, Easter is a little over a week away. What might we do with these days leading up to the Resurrection of our Lord? How can we prepare our hearts and minds to engage in the dramatic narrative that takes us through Holy Week?
In his book, Leap Over a Wall, Eugene Peterson provides some food for thought:
Jesus knew he was dying long before he actually died. He deliberately set out for Jerusalem, knowing that death by crucifixion was being prepared for him…a slow death, full of pain. All the while he was doing that he exhibited in word and presence a wonderful vitality, beauty, and faith.
There were celebrations with hosannas, conversations full of hope and promise, painful confrontations, tender acts of sacrificial love. The imminence of death didn’t cancel out the revelation of God in Jesus, but rather gave it added poignancy and power. And resurrection confirmed it.
The recurring challenge for each of us this time of year is one of perspective.
- How deep am I willing to go to immerse myself in this tragic, yet glorious story of death and resurrection?
- Will I be a casual observer like so many in our culture?
- Or, will I elect to be an active participant in the events of Holy Week and Easter?
- To put it even more directly, will I let Jesus touch my heart once again?
Whatever mode of engagement you choose, I urge you to be intentional in your spiritual reflections these days leading up to Easter. Join us in worship, join us in prayer, and join us in the celebration of our risen Lord!
Walking this journey of faith with you,Pastor Mark Hagen