I know I’m not supposed to be admitting this. But I’m really not feeling Holy Week.
I was geared up last week for Palm Sunday, excitedly showing clips from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” to get at Jesus’ suffering a “traitors” death for each of us.
But I’m literally blahhhhhhh, it’s Easter.
The bulletins are printed. The scriptures and titles picked. The slides and videos done.
I have my cascarone eggs and olive wood crosses for Easter Sunrise and Easter. I’m not sure what I will do with them. I’ve come up with different angles throughout the week but I’m not satisfied.
I’m up late looking for inspiration scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, emails…I’ve thought about using Tiger Woods’ redemption, the Avengers Endgame supposed “resurrection,” among other things.
I know to preach, “He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!” And I know and trust the Holy Spirit will show up.
Maybe it’s the desire to spend Spring Break with the kids, falling on my face on Tuesday afternoon walking the dog with scrapes on my knees, my elbow and my face, an overall malaise with Notre Dame burning, the Mueller Report and Rachel Held Evans, or hearing on the Today Show this morning that church attendance is at an all time low.
Perhaps it’s the pressure of a new place. Or all of the Easter advertising. Or coming up with a fresh spin. Or wanting to get it right…perfect…the most epically awesome Easter sermon ever.
Perhaps you’re feeling blah too.
Perhaps we need to hear the story anew and afresh. Perhaps it can be an actual personal encounter or a real Word of Grace.
“Jesus said, I am the resurrection and I am life.
Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet shall they live,
and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
I died, and behold I am alive for evermore,
and I hold the keys of hell and death.
Because I live, you shall live also.”
Because He Lives. Even when we’re feeling blah, He IS. Even when we’re feeling trapped, He IS. Even when we don’t feel worthy enough, He IS. Even when all hope seems lost, He IS. Even when………He IS.