April 16, 2015
Graphic and quote from: Embrace the God Life
This is a wonderful quote to help us DELIBERATELY continue celebrating Jesus’ resurrection during the 50 days of Eastertide and beyond:
The practice of resurrection is an intentional, deliberate decision to believe and participate in resurrection life, life out of death, life that trumps death, life that is the last word, Jesus life.
-Eugene Peterson, Practice Resurrection
I’ve been reflecting the past 24 hours or so once again on what it means to “Practice Resurrection” – those famous words from Wendell Berry’s Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front which happen to make an excellent slogan for those of us wanting to celebrate the full 50 days of Eastertide. I find Eugene Peterson’s words above timely and helpful because they specifically point us to Jesus. “Practice Resurrection” can in some circles be watered down to “Celebrate Spring” “Be Creative” “Try Something New” etc etc… I hope those of us exhorting ourselves and others to “Practice Resurrection” this Eastertide will keep Jesus at the center of our celebration. It’s not just some abstract idea of resurrection we’re celebrating, but Jesus Christ’s physical resurrection from the dead and the difference He makes for our lives and the world.
I hope to have some more thoughts about what that means and looks like in the coming days. Stay tuned. And DO keep practicing resurrection – choosing to deliberately unite yourself to Christ, counting yourself dead to sin and alive to God through Jesus (Rom 6:11), today and always…
April 15, 2015
OK, I’m really not sure how Tamara Hill Murphy’s blog This Sacramental Life has flown under my radar screen for so long.
By searching Twitter for posts on Eastertide, I came across a Tweet by Tamara with a link to her blog and her entry and exhortation to #PracticeResurrection2015. It is truly MUST READING for anyone wanting encouragement to celebrate the full 50 days of the Easter Season.
In reflecting on Wendell Berry’s phrase “practice resurrection” and a passage by NT Wright in Surprised by Hope, Tamara writes about her resolve to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection throughout the 50 days of Eastertide and encourages us to join her!
For the next six weeks (from now until Pentecost), will you join me in feasting on Resurrection goodness in our everyday lives? It can be as simple as a special candle you use for your meals during Eastertide or as elaborate as travelling across the world to meet new people. Whatever it is, will you show us a picture and tell us a few words? Plant spring flowers (maybe a new variety this year)? Show us! Get up to see the sun rise on a Sunday morning? Tell us about it! Take a new route to work (maybe taking more time than necessary in honor of the mad farmer)? Share it!
Three steps to play along:
Add something to your day that helps you practice resurrection. (one day or fifty days doesn’t matter)
Take a picture and write a description in 1-50 words.
Share it with me via an email, Facebook or hashtag it on Twitter or Instagram #practiceresurrection2015. I’ll share some of your photo-stories with everyone here each week.
Also check out her Easter 2015 daybook posts.
UPDATE: I’ve just discovered: Tamara is a contributor to an excellent EASTERTIDE Devotional produced by Christ Church Austin. I’m so excited to find this. You can read it online, or download a PDF version.
In case it’s helpful, here’ are links to some other blog entries & resources we’ve linked in the past that focus on this same theme:
Tara at Story Formed blog:
Amy at Splendor in the Ordinary Blog:
Emily Polis Gibson at Barnstorming
Christine Sine at Godspace:
WAU.org Resource Guide for Celebrating Easter’s 50 Days
And for various entries I just discovered this year and posted in our Eastertide Resources Compilation