“Faith, Hope and Joy of the New Life”
Pastor Carl Larson, Faith Lutheran Church, Staples
These words from the last chapter of Mark’s Gospel are words that we can and need to center our lives around. No longer do we need to look at the world as a movement towards the ends - no longer does death control us, but instead our eyes are opened to new beginnings. We can see life in the world - we can see the living presence of God at work.
This past Easter, the lilies were opened in our sanctuary as if they were speaking to us this good news; the trees in our church lot were beginning to bud and show us their life that had come through their wintry sleep; and the numerous birds outside the church walls were sharing their song of life for us from early in the morning until twilight. In each case the message that they were sharing was that Christ is risen. He has been raised; He is not here.”
In each of our lives, let this become our message. Let us put aside our self-imposed gloom and become an Easter people, a people that centers our lives in the faith, hope and joy of the One who defeated death and Who opens the doors of life for each of us.
Dear Heavenly Father, lead us to the grave that is empty, into the garden of the Resurrection where we may meet our risen Lord. May we always live in the faith, hope and joy of the new life which You give to all creation. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.