Need some inspiration today? April 6

Every Day is Easter Morning
Holy Week Reflection
We are called to do small things with great love.
Mother Teresa
We intimately know that in a dark Friday world, human suffering is inescapable.  The current pandemic offers us more than a choice to “shelter in place” or “violate the prescribed protection measures”.  There is another choice.  Can we choose a way that gives meaning to life in the midst of large-scale human suffering that plagues this planet?
In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl wrote the following:
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
This week we prepare to celebrate the choice to believe in the promise of a resurrected Lord who gives meaning to life in all circumstances and affirms that we are defined by a vision of life abundant and not by circumstances that can fill our world with fear.
Christ is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!
Alleluia!
In years past, we rise early in the morning and scurry to the Ocean Shores Community Center, while many still slumbered in the warmth of their beds, to celebrate the deepest promise of our faith—love has triumphs over the grave.  Unlike those who anxiously approached his tomb on that first Sunday morning, we walked in the light of Christ even as the first light breaked over the horizon in the east.  We did not go to anoint the Body of one who has died a tragic and senseless death, but we came to celebrate the power of love and of resurrection faith to transcend a dark Friday world, and to bring a hope that is eternal and abundant. We are invited to do this even in this moment.
We trust the promise and spend the journey of a lifetime seeking to fully wrap ourselves in the promise of the resurrection, and to share that promise with others.  On Easter Sunday morning, Jesus comes running to us and ignores our squandering past and invites us to live anew as we participate in the pascal feast of Easter.
Our gather, even amid isolation, elicits a collective “alleluia” in the midst of a dark Friday world. We believe the power of love to overcome; a divine gift of love that affirms that the beauty of God’s original intent for the human family is life; a life that is abundant and a life that knows no end but only new beginnings.
As followers of Jesus, we are promised that when we trust and believe in the way of Jesus, we believe that God can raise the dead to life, that our life will be blest, and that we will be a blessing to others.
The power of the Resurrection of Christ is nothing less than the power to redeem the haunting guilt and shame of our yesterdays, the ongoing sufferings and despair of today, and the anxieties and worries of tomorrow.  The message of the cross is comprehensive.  God is at work in our past, God is working in our present, and God is working on our future.
Let me share a true story with you:
In Russia several years ago, a railway worker accidentally locked himself in a refrigerator car.  Unable to escape or to attract attention, he resigned himself to his fate.  As he felt his body becoming numb, he took a pencil out of his pocket and recorded the story of his approaching death.  He scribbled on the walls of the car:
“I am becoming colder……. still colder…. I am slowly freezing…. half asleep……these may be my last words.”
When the car was opened the man was found dead, but the temperature of the car was only 56 degrees.  Official found that the freezing mechanism was not out of order and that there was plenty of fresh air available.  Although there was no physical reason that they could find for the man to die.  It was concluded that he died because he believed that he would die.”
Today’s inspirational Message
LEAN ON JESUS
Pastor Ronald R. P. Myers
Ocean Shores United Methodist Church
On the beautiful Washington Coast