Resurrection — New Life — New Beginning

Spring, April, tulips, daffodils, birds nesting… How do you feel when you hear these words? Me? My heart skips a beat with new energy welling up.

But what really makes me get much more excited than any of these words is “Easter.”

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heaven and earth reply, Alleluia!

Christ is risen! When He is risen, we are also raised to a new life!

I believe this year’s Easter has a very special meaning for us as we have been buried in the tomb of coronavirus for one year.

Christ is risen! And He raises us also from the tomb of coronavirus to give us a new life.

In this year’s Lenten devotional booklet, “Walk Humbly,” there is a story about a large blooming plant, which is called “resurrection lily.” The owner of the plant said, “I found this 2 years ago when someone had thrown it out with the trash on the side of the road. It was all brown and dead but look at it now!” (Walk Humbly, Society of St. Andrew, 2021, p. 26)

The plant was green and white and huge! How did she do it? She said, “I removed all the dead parts, started feeding and watering the roots, and paid a little attention to it every day. Now look at it!”

We are resurrection lilies!

Now it’s time to grow us to become resurrection lilies. How? Remove all the dead parts, start feeding and watering the roots, and paying a little attention to it every day.

Would you please join me in singing another great Easter hymn?

Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Christ is risen. He raises us also to live a new life of “resurrection lily.”

Easter Blessings!

Pastor Sung Ho

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