Proclaiming the Lord's great glory is what I see in today's scripture. Christ is risen! Today we can claim the victory of Christ as good news to each one of us and our communities as well. Claiming this victory can make us seem a little "off" to some folk, but we are not drunk.
We are celebrating that the living and loving presence of Christ in our lives makes a difference and makes a path to new life for each of us. What could a survivor of suicide, a recovering alcoholic, an 8th grader that had reconstructive surgery on his leg, a graduating foster child, and a dieting mother have that the world needs to know?
Love. We are loved so deeply by our God, that we have found new hope and new life. God has conquered so much sorrow, even death. For each one of us God has made a beautiful new path in the midst of our circumstances. God has made this transforming love for all those that our voice can reach as well. Can't we shout to Jerusalem and all of Judea? Can't we share a prayer with the people God cherishes in the streets of our community?
On Sunday (May 1, 2011), Sanger United Methodist Church had "Drive-Thru Prayer," an idea borrowed from Interpreter magazine. The church's pastor, Rev. George S. Bennett, says, "We were overjoyed that more cars stopped, honked, and waved than ever before. At one point we had a line of cars waiting to pray. These were not members of our church, but people who needed prayer: prayer for heart conditions, prayer to find an affordable home, prayers to be able to keep a job, prayers to be capable of raising their children.
"We are so blessed to know God's love. It is multiplied time and again when we share that love with others."