Because He gave up His life for us, every Lent we give up chocolate, bread, liquor, or some particularly addictive habit. For me, it’s taming my tongue. We count the days till we can imbibe, eat, and relax our tongues and on Easter Sunday, we feast on ham, lamb, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and comfort foods galore only to pick up our addictive habits till next Lenten season.
With the holiday behind us, and our busy lives ahead of us, we sometimes forget just what Jesus did for us. And then we notice something else. In moving on, we often experience a letdown? A sadness, which leaves us with feelings that life is perplexing and frightening, lonely and isolating.
We humans have a great capability of learning as well as forgetting. While we can forever remember the bad or painful things in our lives; we tend to forget all the good that has occurred and still occurs in our lives each and every day. We need to be reminded Jesus’s sacrifice for us and to start living each day as the gift of grace it was meant to be.
How do we do this? How do we keep the spirit of Easter alive all year long?
I believe we must actively take part in daily reminders such as devotions, music, bible studies, and fellowship with other Christians to keep the Risen Christ alive in our hearts and souls. No matter how often we give up something for Lent only to overindulge in it again; Jesus Christ forgives the past and reconnects us to Him. While we find it hard to connect Christ with our everyday perplexing life; if we choose to “plug in” daily, a deep satisfaction and peace is delivered to us through Christ.
And this is God’s plan for us. For His son to have died to transform us, to give us new insight, to bind us together to see the world as God created it to be. And then to share this with all that we encounter. To remember and live!
The hymn Christ Is Risen He Is Risen Indeed sums up what I hope we will keep in our minds throughout the year:
“The power that raised Him from the grave
Now works in us to powerfully save.
He frees our hearts to live His grace; Go tell of His goodness.”
Will you join me in keeping the spirit of Easter alive? Will you remember and live? Will you share the sacrifice and the gift of grace given to us not just at this time of year but all year long?
Ephesians 2:22 proclaims, “In him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (NIV).
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