We are well into the second week of Easter, as we continue in this great fifty-day celebration. During these days we continue to rejoice and ever keep before us the victory we have in Jesus. However, this requires intentionality. In the weeks to come you will find suggestions as to how to continue this practice in your life.
As a part of the Great Fifty Days it is appropriate to have your home blessed. In remembrance of God’s plan of salvation it is a tradition of the Church to ask His blessing upon our lives and dwellings through a series of passages of Scripture and a few prayers. It truly brings home the meaning of Easter, as we set aside our homes to be a sanctuary of retreat with the Lord.
If you have had your home blessed before, doing so again is simply a way to further invite the joy of Easter in your midst. If you have not had your home blessed, it is a way to spiritually cleanse it and invite in God’s presence. Either way, I am willing and available by appointment to come and bless your home and continue the Easter celebration with you. Please email the church office if you’d like to set up a time.
Several of our younger worshippers on Sunday, during our children’s sermon, suggested practicing kindness and helping others during Easter. What a great and challenging idea! I imagine we can all identify those in our lives in need of acts of kindness, or someone who needs our prayers. If not, begin this week to pray that God would help you identify such an individual in your life.
There are many ways to reach others. One person after church took a few of the unclaimed and remaining lilies to neighbors who could use Easter cheer. You might do something as simple as drop a note to an individual indicating that you are praying for them this week. Perhaps you could pick up the phone to check-in with someone to reach out to them.
After all, the joy Easter is Good News for all. I pray that as we continue to celebrate, we find ways to keep the victory of new life in Jesus before us daily. And as we do so, we bring joy and hope to a world that desperately needs it.
The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!