Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”

“But now the power of Easter has burst upon us with the resurrection of Christ. Now we find in ourselves a strength which is not our own, and which is freely given to us whenever we need it.”
Thomas Merton

Today we proclaim, “Christ is Risen!” With this we are declaring that the power of death had no hold over Jesus, and that his resurrection means that the power of death has no hold over us, either. It takes courage to believe in the truth and the power of resurrection. It takes even more courage to practice resurrection in the daily choices we make in our lives.

Throughout the season of Lent, we have reflected on the choice to practice courage is almost always a choice that is made in the presence of some kind of fear. When fear is not present, we rarely talk about a choice as being courageous. We have been reminded that the support of a loving community is vital in helping us to practice courage and we give God thanks for our families, our friends and our congregation who encourage and sustain us in life.

On this Easter Sunday as we conclude our journey through Lent, we recognize the real source of our strength that makes it possible for us to practice courage in the face of fear. That strength, as Thomas Merton says in the quote above, is “a strength which is not our own, and which is freely given to us whenever we need it.” This strength is the power of God’s Easter, Christ’s resurrection which has “burst upon us.”

It has been an honor to walk with you on this journey through Lent and to our celebration of Easter. May we continue to pray for one another in our ongoing commitment to practice courage with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Now let us walk out of the wilderness together and into God’s marvellous light!