Easter is a season to proclaim with joy and boldness that all in which we had previously falsely hoped has been put to death. Now is the time, ‘the queen of season, bright” (Come, you faithful, raise the strain.” ELW 363), to raise our voice to proclaim the one true hope-an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading– the hope of Jesus Christ risen from the dead.
“But we had hoped . . . ” We had hoped for a better diagnosis, and we were disappointed. We had hoped for a better return on our investment, and the market failed us. We had hoped that homelessness and hunger would somehow have miraculously disappeared in our nation, rather than becoming worse, and the start truth stands before us that without our own participation and sacrifice in its eradication, there is not hope. In other words, this is the season, a week of weeks, in which to unabashedly proclaim that the false projects and easy answers on which we repeatedly pin our hopes have been pinned instead to the cross and destroyed in the empty tomb. For the first time there is a new hope. Real hope. Hope that even death cannot destroy.
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RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH
“SMALL PLACE WITH A BIG HEART!”