This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ and live that faith out together. Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by. Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from thirty years ago in the Lenten Devotional of 1987 - April 10th to be precise:
I used to think that the resurrection, while central to the faith of every Christian, didn't really have very much to do with me, as I lived my day-by-day, ordinary life.
But I had a friend who was going through a devastating divorce after 20 years of marriage. As she faced feelings of grief, rejection, and rage, she shared with me that her faith in God was the only thing she had left to hold onto. Gradually, over a period of two years I witnessed her healing. But what really amazed me were the other "fruits" that began to mark her relationships with other persons -- a deepened compassion, the willingness and ability to forgive, and a return of joy.
One evening, as we were sharing our Christian faith, I confessed to her that I sensed that the fruits of the Spirit were missing in my own life, and asked her if she could put her finger on the ingredient in her own life that had made such a difference. She said that she had begun by trusting God with every concern, no matter how small it was.
I can still remember the day I decided to give up some of my anxieties and try trusting God instead and how hard that was! My journey, since that first day, has been marked by occasional detours and frequent failures, but as I have been willing to submit more and more of myself to God in trust, I have discovered that He is faithful and keeps his promises.
I am coming to know that when I can be honest before God about the parts of myself that I find totally unacceptable, and which I try to hide from others, but most of all from myself--that I experience a sense of release and joy and empowerment.
And that is how I experience the risen Christ in my ordinary, day-by-day life, praise God!
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."