Easter is a day to celebrate new life! We see it exploding in nature around us even here in Florida. This is a time to welcome what God is seeking to do in and through us to bless the world. The first sermon of this Lenten season had to do with evolution. The title was “Ever Evolving” and it had to do with orchids, and with us, and with God, of course! Easter is a time to celebrate all the possibilities of our evolution.
I recently was sent an email from Seasons of the Spirit, the curriculum that is used in the LUCC Church School. There was a quote that revisits the evolution theme with beautiful eloquence:
Jesus’ death and resurrection becomes a pattern for our own spiritual evolution. As we die to all the old narratives, beliefs, and assumptions that keep us attached to our small, egotistical selves, we are raised into a larger, broader, and more encompassing Self – an Easter Self of cosmic proportions, motivated not by fear and mere survival but by the prospect of being an agent of sacred, evolutionary intelligence, capable of being a source of new life and the presence of love that is always rising up in the service of life.
From If Darwin Prayed by Bruce Sanguin
May Easter be a time of evolution for us all!
Lectionary readings for today:
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
I Corinthians 15:1-11
Prayer: May we celebrate new life. Not only in the world but in us! Amen.