I’m pleased to report: the Palm Sunday service that we led last week was blessed. The members of the Alberta Flying Farmer’s Association were warm and welcoming, and we worshipped the Lord with gladness at the Red Deer Lodge. Palm/Passion Sunday is an important step in our Lenten journey, as it marks the beginning of Holy Week, when we take our final steps with Jesus to the cross. All of this leads, of course, to Good Friday and Easter, when we remember the death of our Lord and celebrate his resurrection. In preparation for this moment, I’ve pulled out one of my favorite books: Surprised by Hope, by N. T. Wright (HarperOne, 2008). Listen to what Wright says about Easter: “Take Easter away, and you don’t have a New Testament; you don’t have a Christianity, as Paul says, you are still in your sins. We shouldn’t allow the secular world, with its schedules and habits and parareligious events, it cute Easter bunnies, to blow us off course. This is our greatest day. We should put the flags out.” (p. 257) So we rightly sing our hearts out on Easter Sunday, and we continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord with feasting and play. I wish you all a happy Easter—all fifty days of it! May we all truly feel the joy of the resurrection this Easter season, and experience the new life that God intends for us—through Jesus Christ our Lord.