“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” I Peter 1:3
Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! We say it every Easter, but it remains the central truth about the Christian faith. As Peter said, it is the resurrection that gives us new life, and living hope, even today. I find myself depending upon that hope more and more. The past weeks and months have reminded all too often how powerful and unpredictable the power of death is in this world.
Easter is not about the natural cycle of spring returning to the northern hemisphere, nor about the re-birth of the seeds buried deep in the earth. It is the audacious announcement that the powers of death can not have the last word. I need to hear that word, speak that word, and live that word, because the news of the day seems intent on drowning it out.
May the good news of Easter fill your ears, minds, hearts and homes this season.
Many thanks for all your prayers and greetings of concern for my family these past weeks. Tom is recovering well from his recent appendectomy, and my mother is rehabilitating her repaired hip. She especially wants to thank all of you who have sent cards and greetings, they are very much appreciated.