One year we decided to purchase one of those “living Christmas trees” as a lesson for our children concerning good stewardship of the earth. According to the instructions, we kept it watered all of December and January, then planted it in the yard in late February. By September, it was as dead as a doornail. In late November, I went out and tested the branches to see if there was any life. Nothing. The branches just snapped off. I figured it was beyond hope – a failed lesson. I also decided to leave it for now and dig it up in the spring to throw away.
On Easter morning the following year, I woke up and began to prepare for church. I thought “It’s getting warmer, so I’d better yank out that tree.” So I took a look out the window to assess the amount of work to be done. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The whole tree was covered in soft green shoots. The tree was alive! What started off as a stewardship lesson was suddenly transformed into a resurrection story.
Easter is about transforming death into life. What once was dead is now alive. What was once hopeless is now promise. Easter morning changes all things and gives to us the surety of eternal life through Jesus Christ. So celebrate! Eternal life is yours!
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!