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Letting the Easter Light In

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  Today, rather than any more words or assignments or invitations; I want to give you space to breathe.   I invite you to reflect on the ways you have experienced and encountered the Easter light so far.  Remember, Easter is about more than chocolate and good vibes/times.  Easter can be baffling and bewildering.  Easter can sound like an idle tale.  Easter can be moments of feeling wounded and wondering at the marvel of the mystery of life.  Easter is about the complex, sometimes contradictory, feelings.  Amen to that after this week.  After a week of violence - including a police shooting and a mass shooting last night at the FedEx facility.  After a week of more polarizing politicizing and posturing of who has power.  After a week of more ranting on social media.  After a week when our souls can feel weary and worn out.  To let the Easter light in does not mean we dismiss or discount the pain.  Jesus shows his woundedness to the disciples on Easter Eve (spoiler alert for the scriptur

Letting the Easter Light In

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Please enjoy this video morning meditation!  

Letting the Easter Light In

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  I am wondering, how did your list of words that describe and define “you” go yesterday?   Is the page full?   Do some of the words make you smile?   For example, I wrote down, “competitive Uno player.”   Yes, that is a challenge at some point for you and I to play a game!   Do some of the words you wrote make you cringe?   Like when I wrote down “perfectionism” yesterday.   It’s okay…it isn’t like I am confessing this shadow side of myself online where the whole world could access it, I say sarcastically.   This invitation to describe and define yourself is not just one and done.   Hold that paper.   Keep coming back to it today and adding new insights and ideas.   I pray you might pay attention today to your own responses, reactions, and how this might awaken new words for you to write down.   Try at dinner time, as you review your day, to think back upon three experiences and what those might teach and tell you about you!     As you add to your page, continue to affirm the trut

Letting the Light of Easter In

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  We continue in the season of Easter, exploring the Cosmic Egg, and focusing on “Your Story”.   We remember that this season after Easter is about more than finished off the feet on your chocolate Easter bunny (or are you the type that eats the ears last?)   The season of Easter is fifty days of living into the mystery and meaning of Easter.   Easter didn’t stop when the sun set on April 4th.   Easter unravels each day revealing a new insight into the beauty of God’s emphatic, “Yes!” to life.   During Holy Week, I asked for you to let Christ’s story connect to your story.   Let the “Hosannas” (which means, “Save us”) meet you in the moments where you need healing and help; relief and release.   Let the liberating love of God found in broken break meet you in every meal.   Let God’s suffering and vulnerability meet you in owning our weakness, wounds, and weariness.   Let God’s silence, stillness ground us.   Let God’s love echo off our hearts in life-giving and life-changing ways.

Prayer

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  We wake up this morning to hear the news from Minneapolis of Daunte Wright being shot by police, protests, the on-going George Floyd trial, I am so aware of the grief that hovers and hangs in the air.  I am aware this grief is collective as a country and individual for each person reading this.  Some of you are grieving the death of a close relative; some are mourning the passing of fellow church members whose lives we celebrated; some have anticipatory grief for those on hospice or in the hospital where hope is slipping away.  Grief can leave us feeling raw.  Grief can awaken emotions that had laid dormant for years, the pain we pushed down unable to process, and grief can leave us feeling, to quote the Spiritual, Precious Lord, "tired, weak, and worn."  Grief can also leave us feeling powerless. What can we do?  What can we do to dismantle discrimination that exists and persists?  What can we do to comfort those who weep and mourn?  Bringing this to the personal, what can

Letting the Light of Easter In

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  As we wrap up and wind down this first week after Easter, I want to offer an invitation to you from Pastor Steve Cuss.   I recently heard him describe what he calls “Life Giving List”.   The instructions are to come up with the range of activities that fill you with life/energy/cause your soul to stir/embraced by goodness.   These can be things that take just a few minutes or need several days.   There may be no cost, or you might need to save your pennies.   Pastor Cuss says you need to be very concrete about what is life giving to you, intentionally take time for these activities, and that in those moments you are worshipping God.   Here are some examples from my life-giving list: Hiking with a camera in my hand, out in nature, preferably where there is no cell tower so I can be offline.   Cost might be a tank of gas. Walking with my wife at night around our neighborhood, processing our day, living our wedding vows to comfort and support each other.   Cost might be a new pair

Letting the Light of Easter In

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  As we cross the threshold into Thursday, pause with me. Start with exhaling all that you have been holding this week, then into that empty space let in the breath of God. Be with me in this moment with all its beauty and brokenness; with all it celebrations and concerns.   With its befuddling faithfulness. This series of morning meditations was inspired by the work of Richard Rohr.   He talks about what he calls the Cosmic Egg. No, this is not some dish you can order at a local farm to table restaurant.   Nor is it a recipe for you to use up those hard-boiled Easter Eggs from Sunday.   It is a symbolic, Easter-inspired, image for you and me.   Rohr says at the center of the cosmic egg is you.   You are like the yoke of an egg.   You are full of the building blocks of life.   Not just in random order, but crafted, created, loved into being by God.   The white part of the egg is known as “our story”.   This refers to the people you connect to and find meaning alongside.   Y