A tradition passed down through generations. Ordinary white eggs about to transform. They are gently wrapped in colored silk and immersed in water and vinegar. Funny how this Easter tradition of dying eggs involves vinegar. And it was vinegar that last touched the lips of a dying Jesus. Stained. From ordinary to beautiful! And so are we. Gently wrapped in grace, immersed in love. And stained. Marked by the blood that covers our sin and gives us life. Transformed by the stain of Christ. From ordinary creatures to redeemed children of God!
Celebrate! Like butterflies bursting through their cocoons, our feet emerge from boots to feel the earth beneath our toes. And green stems push through the soil. Trees are budding, birds are chirping, flowers blooming. It’s Spring…in March! For those of us who live in cold weather states, this is an unexpected gift. Grace, really. Something to shout about. Do we feel a little cheated on winter? Maybe, but we’re already over it. There’s always next year for snow covered grounds, children on sleds, and hot cocoa in our hands. We gladly receive all this life at a time when we […]
The Jesus we like to identify with and tell people about is the ever loving, full of grace, resurrected Jesus. We mention that he died on the cross for our sins but we don’t talk much about what the really means. Maybe it’s because we’re not fully sure why death was necessary. Or what that means for us as his followers. But when we speak of his life, death and resurrection, we claim the resurrection as the miraculous part. His life is unique and challenging. His death, humbling. But his resurrection? That’s one miracle no one’s been able to imitate. […]