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Easter-people

Through the years, I have heard pastors describe believers as “Easter-People.” I have read devotions in which I am described as an “Easter-person.” But what exactly does that mean? In terms of the Church calendar Easter is not just a day; Eastertide is the fifty days between Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. So am I now an Easter-person who will become Pentecost-person soon? Labels can be tricky.

Today as I was reading in the Psalms, I stopped when I came these words: “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!” These are Easter words! King David wasn’t an “Easter-person” as we are. He lived before the time of Christ…before Easter! But Easter words were part of his prayer life and I would guess part of his vocabulary.

Being labeled an “Easter-person” isn’t a bad thing; I know I am in good company. But more than anything I want to be a person who uses Easter words regularly and prayerfully. No matter when they lived or will live, Easter-people believe in their hearts and proclaim with the mouths as King David did:

“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!”
~Psalm 18:4

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A Praying Life

The best prayer is to rest in the goodness of God,
knowing that that goodness can reach down to our lowest depths of need.
~Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

These words convict me to never stop coming to the Lord to find rest for my soul in the goodness of God. Moreover, I am inspired to learn from the Lord how to live a praying life!

One day he was praying in a certain place.
When he finished, one of his disciples said,
“Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
So he said, “When you pray, say,
Father,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.”
~Luke 11:1-4, the Message

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Difficulties

Do not try to break difficulties;
Bend them
with gentleness and time.
~St. Francis De Sales

I have multiple copies of this quote waiting to be found.
Today I happened upon two of them just when I needed to be reminded:
No matter what difficulties I am confronted with, God is gentle!

Lord, continue to teach me what it means to take Your yoke upon myself. Amen and amen!

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