In recent years, it seems that the season of Easter and Passover is always a freighted time, with politics and the world’s dangers weighing heavy on our spirits.
2017 is no different. But it seems especially important to take the time to get away from politics this year, and reflect and rejoice and worship, and be at peace. There is much to center and reassure us, in spite of all the turmoil.
Very little of it resides in the processes and certainties of this human earth. But that was always the premise of our nation’s founding. If, today, we are getting back to the understanding of our forebears that even a great constitutional republic is not the entity in which we live and move and have our being, but only a network of restraints against the misuse of human power, then we are the most blessed of peoples. Many nations have lived for generations without the cleansing wind of that freedom — a freedom from fear and self-deceit, from resentment and the urgent need to control or impose on others.
Reading over what I wrote for Easter last year, I think there is no reason to write it again. So I will merely link to it, for those who may have an interest. I still mean every word.
Welcome, happy morning. God has set before us this day life, and death.