“We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”
–Book of Common Prayer
The weather turned this week in Colorado. After enjoying warm, breezy days leading up to Easter, the overnight temperatures have dropped below freezing, and the sun is making only cameo appearances. Weather is one of those things that will surface our human penchant to focus on the immediate. Whether turbulent or perfect, we easily forget what it was like just a day or two ago. What is true for weather is also true for the state of our minds and hearts. Immediacy reigns.
Here in the second week of Easter, I realize how quickly the glories of Easter morning fade when I return to the daily routine and the brokenness of our lives. The peals of Easter bells fade into the white noise of my office space. Resounding hallelujahs wane under sorrow’s sighs when I learn a friend is has lost her mother. Just like the Israelites at the Red Sea, I forget the power of Passover and settle into fear. I scan the horizon as the enemy’s armies approach and begin to think maybe slavery wasn’t so bad after all.
Victory isn’t a term we use very much outside of sporting events. In a world of participation trophies, we are a bit uncomfortable with elevating one action/event/person over another. However, there should be no shame or fear of pride to proclaim the victory of Christ over death and darkness. His victory is our victory. It is our weapon when the Enemy draws near.
So look up dear friend, see the pillar of God’s fiery presence over us and know that the Enemy is defeated. Remember the miracle of His resurrection. Declare His victory over the death–in our individual lives, in our families, and in our communities. We are redeemed.
- Exodus 14:10 -15:18
- Psalm 118:14-18
- 1 Corinthians 15:50-57
- 1 John 5:4-6