There we were—early in married life—David and I thrown into a church ministry that we thought was too much. Way over our head. We voiced our concern to an older couple and they simply stated, “Many have gone before you.” No sympathy or bother. The memories of a faithful God deemed enough to make them confident in our ability and extinguished our doubt. Memory served as a guide and inspiration.

 

The remnants of the lamb cake are sprinkled behind the serving table. Dishes are washed and put up. Family and friends have departed filled and satisfied.

 

The hymns resonate in my head. Fragrance of lilies linger in my mind. The carvings on the altar inlay rest in my eye.

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How many hands have gone into your Easter memories?

 

Luke 23:39-43 (ESV)

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

 

The stonemason that laid the brick on for the church; the architect who spent hours designing the worship space. Organist. Pianist. Vocalist. A concrete mixer who
poured the foundation. Stained glass carefully made, and expertly installed.

 

Psalms written. Psalms read. Gospel story lived out—Gospel story told—Gospel story written for the first time. Gospel story painstakingly copied by scribes.

Jesus remembers us, when we least deserve it—when we least expect it. When we ask him to ____________.

Easter, the day when we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death and forgiveness of sin.

 

EASTER. Now what? Are we in over our head?

“Many have gone before you.”

Let us remember those who have made Easter memories possible.   Jesus Christ saved the criminal. Pray for those who need an Easter memory.

 

It starts today.

 

“Many have gone before you.”

 

 

 

 

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