“I walk before the Lord in the land of the living” – Psalm 116
As God’s Easter People, we live out our lives in the land of the living. But the land of the living is not some vacation paradise. It’s more like a war zone. It’s dangerous country. A lot goes wrong. There is trouble brewing out there – and in here. But this is where we have been called to live out the Resurrection.
As Christians we are put in places like this so that we might affirm life over death, give witness to Christ, help our neighbor, and engage in the practice of resurrection.
We do this by gathering for regular worship before our life-creating Father, our death-defeating Savior, and our gift-giving Holy Spirit. We do it by reading, teaching, and preaching the Word of God revealed in Holy Scripture. We do it by baptizing men, women, and children in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and nurturing them into a resurrection life. We do it by receiving the body and blood of Jesus regularly for strength and encouragement in the bread and wine of the Sacrament. We do it by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, visiting the neighbor, praying for others, loving our enemies, raising our children, and doing our everyday work to the glory of God.
May the Risen Christ go with you as you walk in the land of the living.