“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Each Easter the church sets aside 50 days between its celebration of Christ’s Resurrection and the Day of Pentecost to remember and deeply consider what it means to each of us to live into newness of life as part of the Body of Christ. The One who is familiar with all our ways, and who perceives our thoughts from afar, first asks us to change our way of thinking about the world: to begin to view life not from the vantage point of the Culture of Death, but through the lens of the Resurrection. Since the sting of death has been swallowed up in victory, no longer is there room for despair - loneliness gives way to the knowledge that God is not far off from any one of us. Our imagined control of our destinies can be given over to God’s sovereign hand, leaving us free to seek and face the Truth, and to express to others the same love and mercy we have received from God. “And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father, so we can now live a new life” Romans 6:4.
– Rev. Deborah Hollifield Executive Director