Monday, April 13, 2009

The Monday After Easter

Stephen Nichols shares some excellent thoughts on The Day After Easter. Here's a brief quote: Easter is over. The new clothes are hung up, the candy has been eaten, and choir directors and pastors everywhere--not to mention ushers--are enjoying the quiet routines of a Monday. For the diehard Reformed, you know who you are, this Monday is like every other Monday because Easter Sunday is like every other Sunday: Resurrection Sunday comes every seven days for you, not once a year.

For the rest of us, I have some thoughts. It was after Christ rose from the dead that the work of the church, of beginning and building the church, began in earnest. The euphoria of the Resurrection moment would abate and the grind of routine would set in. The hard work, the daily commitment to love and care for people, the challenge of a hostile world crushing in, all this and more was what the early church, the New Testament church, had to look forward to. ...Being faithful in the routines, on the Mondays after the Sundays, is important. It is as inversely important as it seems unglamorous.
(Emphasis mine.)

How very true. We continue on faithfully in our day to day work of bringing in the Kingdom. Focusing not on ourselves and the post-holiday let down we feel but rather on the glory of Christ and what He has done in our lives. Dig into Scripture today as you always do and get working while remembering to pray, meditate and thank the Lord for the trials you encounter (Psalm 119:71).

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