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Resurrection joy continues. We’re in the Easter season. A floral Easter celebration at church and a walk on my springing lawn causes me to suggest that we may need a new Easter flower. Don’t get me wrong, the Easter lily is a beautiful flower. White, like the altar color for Easter, its trumpet shape remembers the good news announcement: “He is risen.” But the Easter lily is something of a fraud. It’s not really a...
Off of the Easter High Yet?
Rev. Keith Perry
Hospice and Hospital Chaplain
The 2012 Easter observance is history. What did you do on that special day? How did you and your church celebrate? That day is considered, and rightly so, the high point of the Christian church year. Therefore, many special preparations are done at churches and congregations around the world. We are, in a way, on a spiritual “high” where all is joyous and we celebrate with great vigor and...
Rev. Anne Christiansen
Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saluda, South Carolina;
Wheat Ridge Ministries Board Member
When I was little, we lived across the street and down four houses from the county hospital. The advantage of living so close to the hospital was that the coffee/gift shop was the perfect place for all the children in the area to buy candy with our allowance. One day I went to the coffee/gift shop to buy a roll of Life Savers. After I...
From Mourning to Morning!
Dr. Rich Bimler, Past President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
Wow, what a difference a day, or three, makes!
Remember the cartoon that shows two men guarding the tomb on that first Easter morning? One of them anxiously says to the other one, “Waddya mean that wasn’t you who said, ‘Good Morning?!’”
Christ’s resurrection turns our mournings into mornings! Refresh your morning right now by revisiting the gravesite....
Cake and Community
Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash, All Saints Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois
I love cake (and pie and cookies), but I have a few favorites. Chocolate cake is best for breakfast; I find that it pairs nicely with the steaming hot coffee that’s a morning necessity in my life. In a pinch, yellow cake with chocolate frosting will do, but that’s usually more of a lunch cake. I love the frosting on old-fashioned wedding cakes – the way it holds its shape in the scrolls...