What a joy it was to celebrate Easter with my spiritual and physical families yesterday!
But the joy of Easter continues…
Because the hope of Easter gives me the courage and clarity I need in order to persevere in this fallen and broken world.
As my friend Chris Altrock writes in his book, Newsworthy:Nine Ways to Live the Good News Now…
There is nothing that can be broken that cannot be rebuilt by the resurrection.
There is nothing that can be robbed that cannot be regained in the resurrection.
There is nothing that can be ruined that cannot be restored in the resurrection.
There is nothing that can done to you that cannot be undone by the resurrection.
There is nothing that can be mangled that cannot be mended by the resurrection.
There is nothing that can be hurt that cannot be healed in the resurrection.
But the hope of Easter also infuses my present actions and pursuits with meaning, as N.T. Wright points out in his book Surprised by Hope…
The point of the resurrection is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die…What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future for it…What you do in the present – by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself – will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether…They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.