It's Easter week, and here’s one thing I love about Easter: the remembering. Three days’ worth. The grief-filled events and somber scene of Good Friday, the quiet waiting of Saturday, the rejoicing and feasting of Resurrection Sunday. We piece the Biblical narrative together as we walk through Jesus' final days, as if we were with him. For many of us, it’s the longest stretch of practical engagement, of real “entering-in,” we do with the Bible all year.
And the remembering of communion winds into Easter remembering too. The body broken and the blood poured out. When we consider the words recounting Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf, in our pews together with our fellow pilgrims, the Easter story again unfolds itself in our midst.
Remembering's good for us - not just Jesus' life, but our own life too. Good for the soul, and good for our faith as we walk it out. Not just good, actually, but essential… because without active remembering, we can’t keep growing into and toward our God. A robust faith can’t be maintained. A couple years back I wrote a piece for Christianity Today on this, Remember When. "Turns out that reminding ourselves—and helping others do the same—builds the kind of faith that pleases God."Read More