The Season of Easter

50_days_easter_graphic_webThe Easter season began on Easter Sunday, March 27 and will continue until Pentecost Sunday, May 15.  That gives us 50 days to celebrate the greatest event in history!  Each Sunday during this season we will be hearing Resurrection Stories.  From Scripture we will hear from those who were eyewitnesses of his resurrection.  We will also be hearing from some of our members who will tell about the significance of Jesus’ resurrection in their lives.

Our observance of Lent and Holy Week this year have made me much more observant of what is happening in my life and in the lives of those around me.  While doing my morning walk on Friday the thought hit me: What was Jesus doing at this very moment the Friday before Easter?  It was a sobering thought that was completed at our Good Friday service.  While walking on Saturday morning, I found some comfort in the thought: At least his suffering is over; but his body is in the tomb.

Sunday morning, I began my walk as the sun was just beginning to rise.  I walked past a neighbor’s house and noticed they had one of those white cross signs in their yard.  I decided to turn the sign around for them so that it read “HE IS RISEN!”.  I hope they don’t have some kind of of ritual every year turning the sign around.  Instead, I wanted it to be a nice surprise in recognition of Mary and the others seeing the stone gone and the tomb empty.

For the next 50 days be aware of all the ways God reminds you of resurrection power.  You can see it in the flowers blooming and the trees budding.  You will see it at church when you notice the “blooming tree” in the sanctuary (we decided to leave it there for the whole season).  Look for it in the lives of your fellow church members.  We have done the hard work of self-examination and repentance: now witness the renewal that comes by means of the Spirit.  Jesus is risen!  Hallelujah!  Everything is being made new!

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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