Great Plains Daily Devotional for 4/11/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Todd Seifert
Great Plains Communications Director
Topeka District
Lisa Soukup
Great Plains Communications Administrative Assistant
Topeka District
David Burke
Great Plains Communications Content Specialist- Stories & GP Connect
Topeka District
Eugenio Hernandez Rodriguez
Great Plains Communications Multimedia Production Specialist - Video
Topeka District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 6:1-7

What should we say? Should we keep on sinning, so that God’s wonderful kindness will show up even better? No, we should not! If we are dead to sin, how can we go on sinning? Don’t you know that all who share in Christ Jesus by being baptized also share in his death? When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. We were baptized, so that we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father.

If we shared in Jesus' death by being baptized, we will be raised to life with him. We know that the persons we used to be were nailed to the cross with Jesus. This was done, so that our sinful bodies would no longer be the slaves of sin. We know that sin doesn’t have power over dead people.

Today's Devotional

What a difference a year can make!  Last year, my Easter was marked with a solitary sunrise meditation time on my front porch.  I grieved with the staff at the church I now call “home” over the inability to gather as a church family and celebrate the resurrection in traditional ways.  There was no family gathering (church or personal); no watching as my brother’s grandkids searched for Easter eggs.  It was hard to find joy in the day – even though I kept telling myself that Easter is not about the traditions of our culture and that Jesus’ resurrection is the point of it all – the very place to find joy.

Last Sunday was another story.  It wasn’t what I would consider “normal” – but the church family gathered on the parking lot to celebrate the resurrection with traditional hymns, praise and prayer, a resurrection sermon, butterflies and lilies.  It “felt” normal!  It felt joyous!  I was able to have Easter dinner with most of my family – thanks to vaccinations – and enjoy those great nephews and nieces as they hunted Easter eggs and made music together.

But that was last Sunday.  Resurrection Day 2021 is behind us now.  Or is it? 

Unlike Christmas, which is over for most people when the decorations come down, Easter doesn’t really end for Christians.  Yes, the great cycle of Easter on the church calendar comes to an end when we reach Pentecost.  But, for Christians, EVERY Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection.

We are reminded in the Letter to the Romans that in baptism we share in Jesus’ death, being buried with him.  We are reminded that as we share in his death, we also get to share in his resurrection.  That is reason to rejoice every Sunday, not just on the one day marked as “Easter” on the calendar.  Thank be to God for the wonder and mystery of the resurrection that goes with us throughout the year.
 
                                                                                                            -Robbie Fall, Retired Elder
                                                                                                            Hutchinson  KS

Prayer for Reflection

Help me to remember, Holy God, that the Resurrection is not just a once-a-year observance, but a daily observance of the love you show us through the gift of your Son, Jesus the Christ.  Amen.
 

 

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