Thoughts About Easter

 

I hope everyone had a great Easter; time with family, Easter egg hunts, and enjoying the weather. The mystery of how new growth in spring begins is incredible and so is the mystery talked about in sermons around the world this past weekend; the mystery of how Jesus turned despair into hope when the tomb was empty and He was alive!

 

As talked about in sermons at First United Methodist Waco, this miracle of the risen Christ tells us there is life after death. It tells us what we need as we go forward. If we know Christ, we know God and building a life together by following the path Christ has laid leads to something meaningful and constructive. Each year Easter reminds of God’s love for us, fills us with joy, and refuels the soul for a successful journey ahead.

 

The new baseball season is now here with opening day in the major leagues this past Monday. Something you may have seen last fall on the news was a father who caught a foul ball at a Phillies baseball game and celebrating by giving the ball to his little daughter. She took the ball and threw it over the side to the fans below. The reaction of the father was oh no!!! Then he lifted up his arms to say – Why? Then the little girl comes to him and he embraces her. It was captured on video and here’s the link: daughter throws ball back.

 

There are certain characteristics about this little girl’s father that we can celebrate. He didn’t respond with anger but realized that it was the moment together and the memory that was more important than the ball itself. These are the same characteristics we also celebrate in God. Many times I would imagine God’s reaction is oh no!!! Then he lifts up his arms to say – Why? Then we come to God and He embraces us.

 

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About Mark Shields

Mark works in the Information Systems Department for an Insurance Company. He volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church and runs the 10:50 worship service computer. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. You’re invited to join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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