Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in  springtime.    Martin Luther

There is a children’s book, The Parable of the Lily, in which a child receives a present. When opened, it is a dried-up, shriveled bulb. The child is very disappointed and angrily tosses the bulb to the ground, eventually forgetting about it. Spring arrives and the bulb has grown and produced a beautiful Easter Lily. The child is amazed and sorry for rejecting the gift. What was dead was now alive and beautiful.

As Christians, I think we sometimes get stuck in the Good Friday world – a world that reflects gloom and death and hopelessness. We toss away our hope like the child did the bulb and forget that Christ didn’t stay in the Good Friday World, Christ didn’t stay dead!  What was dead is now alive.

We need to move from the Good Friday world to the Easter Sunday world. We must thank God for his never-ending love and the gift of salvation. I think of these words of Bill and Gloria Gaither

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

Because He lives, All fear is gone!

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living just because He lives!”

Let us all celebrate, Christ is risen, Alleluia!! Blessings,

Pastor Susan