MUSINGS FROM MIKE
You Canít Make This Stuff UpÖ
The calendar does something interesting this Lent and Easter season, something that has not happened in my journey as a pastor for 37 years.
In 2018 Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day, and Easter is on April Fool’s Day.
Huh. Ain’t that a hoot.
The day devoted to love stands alongside the day where we acknowledge the broken hearts and ashes of our own lives.
The day of bad jokes and pranks built around ‘I didn’t mean it!!’ is also the day where we proclaim the greatest mystery and power of our faith – that Jesus is risen.
I don’t know how you might feel about this accident of the calendar, but I have to tell you that it makes me a little jazzed. I think God calls us to live deeply into these seemingly opposite realities all of our lives.
We live with red hearts of love and have places where our hearts have some ashes on them.
We confidently proclaim the truth of God even at the times where everything seems to say to us, “You are a fool for believing this.”
It is out of those realities bumping into each other that we get challenged, we get confirmed, and we get equipped to live in a world that does not see things like we do in any way, shape, or form.
Just like the disciples and followers of Jesus that first Easter.