“If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled himself to us and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

– II Corinthians 5:17-18

Dear Beloved of God,

Alleluia!  Christ is risen! Alleluia!

I pray this letter finds you doing well and still joyous from all the wonderful music and beautiful flowers that enlivened our Easter celebration on Sunday.

Every year we spend the season of Lent preparing our hearts and minds for Easter.  We do so by self-evaluation, prayer, service, and many other disciplines in order to understand the significance of our need for God’s forgiveness and grace that comes to us at Easter.

As we enter into celebrating for the next 50 days of the Easter season, I would like to offer that Easter is like a cure for something that had never been cured before. Easter is like that moment when we visit the doctor and find out that there is something wrong and upon hearing this news, we become worried and anxious.  But in the same moment we also find out that the physician has found a perfect cure that will heal us once and for all.  Who would not take the cure?  Who would not rejoice?!

Jesus, our great physician, has cured us, saved us.  The need for grace is universal and the cure is freely offered to all.  The once and for all nature of Easter is what we call salvation and we can be sure that our God takes great joy in offering us all life forever.  When Jesus was raised from the dead, we were raised with him and so our salvation is something we carry with us wherever we go.

So, as we rejoice together, I pray that you will experience the relief of the ultimate freedom given to us through God’s saving grace.  Friends, nothing can separate us from God.  God has made certain that we are cured and will reside with Him forever.  There is no greater news than this.  Happy Easter!  Alleluia!!  Alleluia!!