We have just moved through the time of Lent when we intentionally inventoried our lives. We considered themes of repentance for renewing our dedication to our faith. We learned that to repent means literally to “Turn Around”–to find new direction.
We allowed this concept of change and the change-making actions of Jesus to guide our spiritual journey and wrestled with our fear of change, the inevitability of change, the difficulty in changing. We accepted life-giving new lease on life and the call to service that change can bring.
We opened ourselves up fully and unconditionally to God’s love of all. This brought us into the difficult energy of Holy Week. We have given ourselves to God’s kingdom and we are ready to die with the Christ.
The joyful Easter message is that we live again with Christ in the amazing reality of the Body of Christ, our family of faith, our home.
The scriptures of the Easter Season speak time and again of the family of God, of loving one another as brothers and sisters, children of God. Several times the word “abide” invites us to reside, to dwell in the presence of the Risen One. On Easter a messenger tells the disciples to meet the risen Jesus back at Galilee, the place they began together and the place where they lived and worked together during his ministry.
So on Easter Sunday we will introduce a new lectionary series which invites us to explore, during the next seven weeks of the season of Easter, what it means to have “a place to call home” in our spiritual lives. We will learn what it means to abide with Christ.