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Life Is Messy - Spring 2013
I love the season between Easter and Pentecost. It is a time to name our place on the journey of faith. We have experienced the joy, the hope, the wonder, the glory of the resurrection on Easter Sunday. But then on Monday morning, we go back to our routines, and we are called to contemplate what difference does the resurrection really make in our everyday, ordinary lives? We may never answer the question directly, but be sure of this: we are living the answer day by day whether we know it or not.
During Lent and Holy Week, we witnessed Jesusí passion and the love he poured out for us. But we also saw how the first disciples went through their own painful experience as they encountered the horror of the cross and then the miracle of Jesusí resurrection. However, it took time for them to really come to terms with what happened and all that it meant for their lives and their futures. Jesus had been teaching them all along who he was and what it meant for him to be the disciples, but they were listening to him through their own filters and agendas. The time between the resurrection and Pentecost was a time to grieve their misunderstandings, their misplaced hopes and expectations, their wrong ideas about what their life would be like and what God would do for them. The disciples would have to let go of all these things and Jesus himself as he ascended back to heaven. But in opening their hands to let go, they were being prepared to receive a new reality of life in and through the Spirit.
The Easter season is a time for us to rejoice and continue to celebrate Christís victory over sin and death. But it is also a time to name the ways we too are waiting for God to intervene in our lives to bring healing, insight, wisdom, discernment, or direction. Since life is simply a series of transitions, I believe we are continually asked to let go that we might receive a fresh wind of Godís Spirit movement in our lives. This is a season to recognize our need, to give thanks for Godís provision, and to rely on the person of Holy Spirit and Godís supernatural resources to do in us and through us and for us what only he can do.
Grace and peace,
Glenda Simpkins Hoffman
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