This year, I seem to be seeing the cycle of death and resurrection in more than just the Easter story. As a family member is dealing with terminal cancer, she reminded me that goodbye in this life is not goodbye forever. I have also seen it in a local ministry which is changing from one form to another, and has made a way to leave a tangible legacy behind. It too is a type of death and resurrection. It's been personally helpful in my grief and sadness to think of these transitions in the context of new life.
I don't want the power of Easter Sunday to be contained in a single worship service. I want to find and recognize that resurrection power wherever God's miraculous intervention is needed. But, I'm not good at stopping in the midst of the worry to draw strength from a story. I want to be better at it. I need to be reminded that the power that raised Christ from the dead comes from the God that I worship. If divine intervention is needed, God can and will come through for me. Perhaps you too need to be reminded of that reality?
So, as we encounter those difficult moments of transition and look for God's intervention, may we be reminded of the stories we hold dear ~ the ones that stir our faith ~ and experience a taste of God's resurrection power.
Rev. Jenni Bales
Director of Communications
Presbytery of San Jose