There are times when our faith goes underground. Buried under layers of earth, our hope lies dormant, and we wait.

The disciples waited.
wondering what would happen.
Even God waited.
To reveal his life… power… glory.

Like our homes need spring cleaning after winter, sometimes our souls do as well. Time to clean out the bitterness, pain, grief, or anger that’s accumulated. Time to allow the light, hope, peace and forgiveness of God to come in their place.

Resurrection. The God of life resurrecting our hearts, our faith, our purpose.

So, what if we believe its real? If we believe that around this time, on this day, years ago, God rose from the dead, showing us the first evidence of the literal and spiritual resurrection God desires to accomplish in each one of us.

What if, in the process of wiping off the dust that’s collected over the months, we take Jesus at his Word.

If we start living like we’re citizens of another Kingdom. If we “love our enemies” and “pray for those who persecute us.” What if we stop “worrying about what we will eat, drink or wear,” believing that “our Heavenly Father knows what we need.” If we love and serve the “least of these,” as if we are serving Jesus himself. If we believe that Jesus said soon, “I will come again to take you to be with me so that where I am there you may be also.”

Then our faith rises from the underground.
Our hope comes alive.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive—
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

*St. Francis of Assisi*

a joyful resurrection day to you!

– Pastor Tara VinCross