And the most powerful episode in the history of mankind is pared down to chocolate Easter bunnies, passed off as a good story to bring hope to those interested or in need.
Kind words from a good man.
From cynics and seekers, to doubters, atheists, to the committed and the modern day pharisee, there continues to be argument and debate as to the relevance of the story of Easter and the man behind it—Jesus.
Is the resurrection just a metaphor? Wishful thinking?
Or is it the ultimate Happy Ever After tale of genuine Love?
After the loss of two children, I know that I am not content to be satisfied with a pie in the sky story, poetic sentiments, the tooth fairy, or a whatever works for you. I am searching for Truth and Hope.
This past week I came across Eugene Peterson’s introduction to the book of Malachi:
“Most of life is not lived in crisis – which is a good thing. Not many of us would be able to sustain a life of perpetual pain or loss or ecstasy or challenge. But crisis has this to say for it: In times of crisis everything, absolutely everything, is important and significant. Life itself is on the line. No word is casual, no action marginal. And almost always God and out relationship with God is on the front page.
But during the humdrum times, when things are as we tend to say “normal,” our interest in God is crowded to the margins of our lives and we become preoccupied with ourselves. Religion during such times is trivialized into asking “god-questions” – calling God into question or complaining about him, treating the worship of God as mere hobby or diversion, managing our personal affairs for our own convenience and disregarding what God has to say about them. Going about our usual activities as if God were not involved in such dailiness. ”
Does God like chocolate? It goes rather well with red wine.
Wishing you a Thoughtful Easter …