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Greetings in the Name of our Risen Lord!

As I pen (well, not really "pen" but you know what I mean) this Newsletter, Lent is behind us and we find ourselves already in the Third Sunday of Easter.

Recently I've been thinking a lot about how we celebrate the seasons of Lent and 

 

Easter.  It almost seems that Lent is a bigger deal than Easter.  We have special mid-week services during Lent, we do extra devotions during Lent, and some people even give things up or change their lifestyle during Lent!

This seems odd because Lent is a time to be spent in anticipation of Easter; Lent is not an end in itself, but preparation for something bigger and better.  Lent is only forty days long while Easter is fifty days.  During Lent we set aside our Alleluias and the Hymn of Praise, but they come back in their fullness at Easter time.  Lent is about Jesus’ suffering and death, but Easter is about His resurrection and life.  Lent shouldn’t be the big deal; Easter should be the big deal!

Sometimes I’ve wondered why we don’t change things around.  Why don’t we have special devotions during the Easter season, focusing on the Resurrection and on the New Life we have in Jesus Christ? Why don’t we have special mid-week services during the Easter season to praise our Risen Lord and Savior? Instead of spending so much time on sin and suffering, shouldn’t we focus more on joy and new life?

Now, you know me well enough by now to know that I pose these questions to illustrate a point.  Lent and Easter obviously go together; you can’t have one without the other.  But sometimes I think we spend so much spiritual energy on Lent and Holy Week that we’re exhausted by the time Easter finally arrives.

This year, don’t let your spiritual life drop off during the Easter season.  As spring time brings all sorts of activities and busyness, don’t forget about rejoicing in the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  Continue in your faithfulness, using the gifts you’ve been given, all to God’s honor and glory.

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!  Alleluia!

God's richest blessings! 

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