Recently, I was flipping through the pages of N.T. Wright’s book, Surprised by Hope. It’s a book that explores the connection between the resurrection of Jesus and what this good news means for our everyday living.
I offer the following quote from his book to help us prepare for our upcoming celebration of Easter:
"Every act of love, gratitude, and kindness; every work of art or music inspired by the love of God and delight in the beauty of His creation;
Every minute spent teaching a severely handicapped child to read or to walk; every act of care and nurture, of comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings and for that matter one’s fellow non-human creatures;
And of course, every prayer, all Spirit-led teaching,every deed that spreads the gospel, builds up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption, and makes the name of Jesus honored in the world;
– all of this will find its way, through the resurrecting power of God, into the new creation that God will one day make." - 1
In short, I think this quote is reminding us to keep living out our Easter faith through word and deed. We are an Easter people!
1 – N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope, Harper-Collins, 2008, p. 208