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The Glory Of It All!

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She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb
Acts 10:34,37-43; Psalms 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9

Sermon Week Easter Sunday Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 20:1

Good morning, and Happy Easter to all -- especially the children.

One of the wonderful things about Easter is that we can get in touch with some of the feelings we had when we were little children. And it's not just a nostalgia thing. Rather, it's important because Jesus said that unless we become like little children we cannot inherit the Kingdom of God...

So let us reflect: Just for a moment, Lord, let me be like a child again. Somehow it wasn't very long ago I knew those feelings, but now they're gone. If I might just once again run as fast as I can for no reason but to feel the hard ground under my feet...walk home from school kicking a stone and dragging a stick...To wobble down the sidewalk on my new bike, biting my lip in concentration as I ride alone for the first snuggle into warm blankets on a Saturday night in April fighting sleep to catch one magic glimpse of the Easter Bunny.

When did I accept the difference between reality and make-believe? On what day did I start seeing only with my mind instead of with my heart also? Please Lord, in this joyous and Happy Easter celebration, let me be like a child again!

The great Irish dramatist, Oscar Wilde once said, "Some people cause happiness WHERE-ever they go; others WHEN-ever they go." I'm reasonably certain most of us have known both of those personalities -- the friend we can't wait to see -- and the one we can't wait to see leave!

That great American philosopher Charlie Brown offers a more Biblical view. In a classic Peanuts comic strip, Lucy asks her old friend, "Charlie, why do you think we're put here on earth?" With great conviction Charlie says, "To make others happy!" Lucy ponders his thoughtful reply for a moment and then screams, "Somebody's not doing their job!" And once again, we are left feeling that good ole Charlie Brown has hit on something -- something big. In the words of the Apostle John, "as long as we love one another God [...]

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