He is risen! The forty days of Lent are over and I, for one, am glad. The holy limitations and disciplines of austerity give way to festive joy, as the grave yielded new life in Jesus. To the degree we observe Lent, we ought also to celebrate Eastertide. Let’s feast every day, celebrate the goodness of creation (Central Texas spring!), light all the candles and let the “alleluias” ring out. Host some friends. Host some strangers. Be generous. Love extravagantly. Surprise your family. Bless your friends. And join us for the next four weeks of our sermon series “Made New,” based on Romans 8. These too can be disciplines that require intentionality, no less than those of Lent.
One of my friends and fellow clergy, Michael Jarrett, has begun a creative project to bring the Anglican daily office to greater devotional use. At the Trinity Mission website you can listen to and participate in morning and evening prayer every day of the year. The daily office combines a reading cycle through scripture with prayer, confession and worship, joining other Anglicans around the world in common devotion. The site is relatively new and already has significant traction. Check it out and tell your friends about it.