This week I offer you a revised essay that I wrote on April 19, 2012:
I feel called to help others more fully experience the joy of the resurrection. I have found N. T. Wright a helpful guide in this regard. As he writes: “We should be taking steps to celebrate Easter in creative ways: in art, literature, children’s games, poetry, music, dance, festivals, bells, specialty concerts, anything that comes to mind” (Surprised by Hope [HarperOne, 2008], 256). So how are you intentionally celebrating Easter as the great festival that it’s supposed to be? As Wright says, “If Lent is a time to give things up, Easter ought to be a time to take things up. . . . The [fifty] days of the Easter season . . . ought to be a time to balance out Lent by taking something up, some new task or venture, something wholesome and fruitful and outgoing and self-giving” (257). So what new thing do you feel called to take up at this time, to help make Easter the season of new life that it’s supposed to be? One thing I plan to do as pastor is reflect on God’s grace via a study of the Book of Exodus, which I’ll be preaching on this spring. Whatever the Lord is calling you do to, I pray he uses it to breathe new life into you. He has risen!