Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Come, Love, Grow, Share

From the Pastor's Pen...

          For me, Easter is the high point of the whole church year.  For me, and I pray for you, Easter is everything.  We bring out the flowers and our best outfits, we practice impressive music, and prepare our best recipes.  We don’t want to hold anything back in our celebration!  

          HE is risen, but WE’VE BEEN FORGIVEN!

          We shouldn’t hold anything back!

          But what does life look like after the lilies fade? When the music ends, the guests have gone home, and the special dishes are put away? It gets quieter, less colorful, a lot less fragrant, and considerably less joyful.  In a word?  Normal.  Everyday.  Ordinary. Things have this tendency to go right back to the way they were before.  We get up in the morning and settle into our routines.  After the lilies fade, it’s the time of tax returns and appointments; expensive repairs and awkward replacements.  When the lilies fade, and everything returns to normal, it’s almost as if Easter never. even. happened. 

We’re reminded again of our frailty, and that things are not always right or good - in the world or in the church; not always right with ourselves. It would be wonderful if the lilies never faded, if the joy of Easter never departed from our lives and it carried through in all that we do.

There are seven Sundays of the season of Easter, after all. 

But the other six are just not the same.

"The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass." Isaiah 40:7

Such a fitting parallel to life in this world, isn't it? The beauty and joy are fleeting. They come and they go. Highs and lows. Cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth. 

"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever." Isaiah 40:8

One thing can sustain Easter's triumph and joy in the world, in the church, in our lives, even when the lilies fade. In the face of weakness and decay, God's Word remains powerful and alive. Tax returns and appointments are no match for God’s rejuvenating Gospel. Repairs and replacements can't begin to undo what God’s saving Word has produced. Things may not always be right in the world, in the church, or within ourselves, but we are right with God.

The message of Easter rings out, even if after the music ends.

"He is not here! He is risen, just as he said."

The beauty of Easter remains even when the flowers fall. The joy of Easter endures, even in the mundane of everyday life.

Jesus said to his disciples (and to us,) "Peace be with you."  Yes!  Peace, for the taxes and appointments, the repairs and replacements, the everyday schedules and chores, the gettin’ up and the lying down, the coming and the going.  Rest in that peace. Rejoice in that hope!  And continue to abide in His Word always, especially now that the lilies have faded.

          Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

Pastor Dea