Posted by: Melissa Bane Sevier | March 29, 2010

The Spiritual Practice of Remembering

This coming Sunday is one of the hardest days for a preacher.  How does one find something new to say about Easter?  It is generally the biggest church attendance day of the year, including guests who might be checking out the church or others who are there by invitation of friend or family. 

 Easter is the day around which our whole Christian faith is formed, because it carries the news that God can create life from death, order from chaos, meaning from confusion.  This isn’t something new.  It is as ancient as creation.

 So, maybe the best the preacher can hope for is to remember the old.  On Easter, Christians all over the world pause to remember how once God came to be one of us.  And that hatred and narrow-mindedness and evil and fear took him to the grave.  On Easter those same Christians pause to remember how God’s light refused to be darkened, and God’s voice refused to be silenced.  We remember that God’s love burst from its place of entombment out into the world.  We remember that we have seen how love can overcome hatred, inclusiveness can obscure narrow-mindedness, good can overshadow evil, and courage can take the place of fear.

On Easter, we remember to go out from our place of worship in faith and courage, because God’s love is not entombed.  God’s love is spread throughout the world in each of us, shared in our prayers and conversations, our actions and our caring. 

We remember.  And we carry the memory with us.

© Melissa Bane Sevier, 2010

Remembering the creative and re-creative acts of God.

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  1. “We remember that God’s love burst from its place of entombment out into the world. We remember that we have seen how love can overcome hatred, inclusiveness can obscure narrow-mindedness, good can overshadow evil, and courage can take the place of fear.” A fitting theme for a blog–and an Easter sermon. As a political scientist and a Christian, I find myself sometimes perplexed and paralyzed tyring to figure out how to act in the world to overcome the hatred and fear that have been fomented not only by terrorists, East and West, North and South, but by talking heads and political leaders shouting “you lie” and “baby killer” and “hell, no,” and fringe groups as well that question the legitimacy of even our top elected leaders. At a time when passions run high and threaten to overflow civic bounds, I need to hear the healing Easter message of love and hope to remind me not to contribute to the political venom and further inflame fear and prejudice against those with whom I disagree. Thanks for that reminder!

  2. Thanks, Ernie. And Amen.


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