Weekly Update 4.10.17

Busy…busy…busy!  If you had to describe your typical week in one word, most of us would use the word “busy.”  There always seems to be something that needs to be done!  The to-do list is never ending. It would seem the older we get, the more we have to do!  And when holiday weekends finally roll around, when our jobs bless us with paid holidays where we don’t have to go into the office and we can relax with family and friends, we only seem to get busier!

As we prepare to celebrate the cornerstone of our faith—the resurrection of Jesus!—our schedules only seem to get fuller!  Between the egg hunts, special school programs, extra grocery shopping, egg painting, kids’ Easter clothes shopping, and Easter basket procurement, it can be hard to imagine any time to reflect on the reason we are celebrating!  This is, unfortunately, a sad reality of many of our lives.  It seems the times of the year we should be carving out time to focus more on Christ, we end up filling with even more “stuff” than usual.

How do we slow down?  How do we take time to respond to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and His victory over the grave?  I’m not sure I have the answer.  I wish I did!  But even as a pastor, I face the same challenge.  How can we slow the busyness of life down to stop and ponder the grandness of Christ’s gift to us?

I guess the easiest starting point is simply to stop.  Stop running for just a moment…even if it’s just for a mere minute…and thank Him and worship Him!

Most, if not all, of the things on your list this week are important.  They are part of your celebration.  But don’t lose sight of why you are doing it all.  It’s not about some rabbit, it’s not about chocolate, it’s not even about a bunch of eggs…it is about a God who loved us enough to send His one and only Son to die on a cross so we don’t have to pay the ultimate price for our sins…it’s about a God who loved us enough to make a way for us to be with Him.

Happy Holy Week!  Find some time to spend with God this week as you worship Him!


In Christ Alone,

Pastor Jan