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    The Spiritual Discipline of Celebration

    April 10, 2020

    Easter 2020: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Leading up to today, we have been

    considering suggestions of a habit, practice or discipline to incorporate into the upcoming week

    (based on “Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us” by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun).

     The practice suggested for today Easter Sunday is called “Celebrate” and comes from the book’s section entitled WORSHIP. In this time of COVID-19 upheaval, ‘celebrate’ may seem like a stretch as a practice or habit. Although we don’t want to discount the losses we lament in this demanding time, similarly we do not want to discount the fact that we do ‘grieve as those without hope.’ (1 Thessalonians 4:13) We make room for the discipline of celebration precisely because of Easter, because of our hope in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Calhoun points us to Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet. In the midst of recognizing the depths of his sadness, Jeremiah writes, ‘Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning.’ (Lamentations 3:20-24)

     As Easter people, we are particularly equipped to engage in actions that orient the spirit toward praise and thanksgiving (see Calhoun, p.28), delighting in the attention and love of the never-changing presence of God in all his fullness, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

     Christ is risen. He is risen indeed! We are called to celebrate!

    – EGN

     To access Pastor’s Eric’s regular COVID-19 MEDITATIONS, click here …

    http://www.bethel-crc.ca/covid-19-meditations/