My backyard is a riot of magenta, coral, white, scarlet and pink azalea blossoms. Over the last ten days or so I’ve walked the yard to see what treasures have emerged. The wild abundance is now accented by the dogwood blossoms. The proliferation startles me daily. I have never lived in an area where azaleas thrive. I have done nothing to deserve or improve the display. This is an example of grace. Pure grace that such beauty greets me every day. Yes, the picture accompanying this devotional is the array in my yard. (When the blossoms fade and it is time to prune away years of neglect—I hope I don’t do anything to spoil the bushes.)
Now that you have endured my gardening awe-let’s turn back to grace and the season of Easter. We have 50 days to revel in the grace of the resurrection. The life, death, and resurrection of Christ for and for our sins is the foremost example of grace. You and I have done nothing to earn it, we can do nothing to keep it, and we do nothing to make it happen. It is all about God’s power, amazing love for us, and astounding grace that has been poured out for us on the cross. The season of Easter invites us to live resurrection grace daily.
Today on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. we remember his life and work for civil rights. People are gathering in the nation’s capital today, including our presiding bishop and many synodical bishops as well as people from all walks of life are coming together remember the tragic death of Martin Luther King in 1968 and unite to end racism. This is an example of resurrection living.
It has already begun in our community. Remember the theme of the community Lenten services: unity in Christ? For seven weeks we have come together to worship God, sing, hear God’s word and break bread together. We learned that we are better together. Out of gratitude for what God in Christ has done for us, we can live resurrection grace daily in our community. Maybe it is delivering meals, working at the community kitchen, preparing health kits, teaching people to read, or helping our children and youth to live differently. We all have a role to play. We have a garden to tend in our own city where we can make a difference.