How long will Easter’s glory shine in our hearts?

4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.John 1:4-5 (NLT) 

You became a bit frightened when you saw so much light, so bright that you thought it would be difficult to look, or even to see. Disregard your obvious weaknesses, and open the eyes of your soul to faith, to hope and to love. Carry on, allowing yourself to be guided by God through whoever directs your soul. (1)

It seems many churches yesterday saw incredible spikes in their attendance counts.  We had nearly a triple digit spike!  It was great to hear all these voices, responding with strong “Amens” and singing and praying together.  The cynical side of me wonders if the same people will return to church in the weeks to come, or will attendance fade back to normal.  But even among those who normally are here, who normally sing his praises, will His  glory continue to shine through us, or will it fade as well?  Will we sing Christ the Lord is Risen Today still? and if we do, will it sound more like “Were you there..hen they crucified my Lord”.   (As it did this morning on the radio)

How do we keep the glorious light we experienced yesterday from fading?

The answer is simple – by realizing – each and every day – as many times a day as possible – that the Lord is with us!  That He doesn’t slumber of sleep or take a vacation, or even a day off.

We need to realize we live in the presence of God.

And we need to encourage each other to see God’s revealing Himself.

Simple perhaps – but as profound as an open tomb.

 

(1)Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 3577-3580). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God’s saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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