Resurrection!

This year’s journey through Lent has been amazing. Personally, I have worked harder than any other year to purposefully observe this season. It’s been uneven at times, but I have worked to observe the readings, pause in prayer, and reflect.

On Saturday I went through some Easter Vigil readings that really heightened my anticipation of Resurrection Sunday. Then, I began to read Easter greetings from friends in Australia. Resurrection Sunday had dawned for them. They were rejoicing! I was still pausing, anticipating… longing.

HE IS RISEN.

He is mighty to save! He has delivered on his promise.

There is no resurrection without Golgotha. There is no true celebration of life without the smell of death. This journey has been good. He has called us to anticipation of what he will do in resurrection power. Let us hear the call of the Spirit! Let us SEE his glory!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Ash Wednesday

It’s hard, as an evangelical and Pentecostal, to remember these important markers in the Christian calendar. Today, reflection begins for Lent. It is time to come aside with purpose to seek the Lord and prepare our hearts and lives for Resurrection Sunday.

6 Seek the LORD and live,
or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire;
it will devour them,
and Bethel will have no one to quench it.

7 There are those who turn justice into bitterness
and cast righteousness to the ground.

8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
who turns midnight into dawn
and darkens day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land—
the LORD is his name.

9 He flashes destruction on the stronghold
and brings the fortified city to ruin.

10 There are those who hate the one who reproves in court
and detest the one who tells the truth.

11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.

12 For I know how many are your offenses
and how great your sins.
There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes
and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.

13 Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times,
for the times are evil.

14 Seek good, not evil,
that you may live.
Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you,
just as you say he is.

15 Hate evil, love good;
maintain justice in the courts.
Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy
on the remnant of Joseph.

(Amos 5:6-15, TNIV)