image :: Seacoast (Red Sky, Two White Sails), Emil Nolde (b.1867, German)
sound :: The Sun Is Shining Down, J.J. Grey & Mofro (2007)
Jesus Christ is risen. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Thank you for praying, meditating, seeing and listening along with me this past season. I’ve loved this group, and I’ve truly enjoyed the discussions, reflections and responses of so many of you.
I started this Lenten practice back in 2012 to be used for my local congregation at West End Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia (United States). Since that time, a large international group has developed. We’ve topped 2,485 daily blog subscribers, tons of others reading the printed guide, following via their church website, re-crafting the material for their small group, or using social media from all over the world. I wish I was able to respond to your messages individually– I can only do so now in this post. I’m very grateful for this past season together.
As we continue in this Easter season I pray that you would know the Lord is risen, indeed. Thank you for joining in these last 40+ days. We who are in Christ are free to no longer live for ourselves, but for Him who for our sake died and was raised.
West End Presbyterian Church
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
II Corinthians 5:14-21