Happy Easter!!! After all that fasting, and praying through the stations of the cross, and Bible studying the day is finally here. We remember the empty tomb and the resurrected body of Jesus. Look at that, now no one can deny He Is The Messiah!
Â Well, OK, it was fun while that lasted. Right away people, mere humans, started messing with that story. There were Myth Busters back then, too. They just didnâ€™t have cameras. OK, electricity would have helped too but you get the point.
Many believe without seeing. Hallelujah!
Â Speaking of stations of the cross, when I was a kid we would gather at the church on Good Friday. The smell of candles and incense would be overwhelming. The priests would all be in their finest robes. All of the nuns would be in the front rows in their finest uniforms. We would follow the leader around the outside and stop at each finely crafted stained glass window. Catholics are great for pomp and circumstance, ya gotta give them props for that!
Â Ever since then Iâ€™ve seen those meditation circles or different stops around the church with signs about what each stop meant. There would be a candle and a symbol, maybe a place to write prayers. Mind you, all of these were done with love and care and great thought. Yet thereâ€™s that part of me that still requires visuals. I have to see what it is that happened, something more than just a rope or thorns or words. Show me a picture! If you donâ€™t have stained glass what do you have thatâ€™s similar?
Â I have friends who are members of Crossroads Church here in my new hometown. The church asked 20 artists in their congregation to take a stage of the cross and represent it in their own art medium. What resulted is absolutely amazing. I wrote about it here: http://www.crossroadschurch.com/stations/
Â It was fun to share this with friends who then went to see the stations again but this time using my commentary. They saw things they hadnâ€™t noticed before. I love art and looking at art and thinking about the message the artist was trying to convey. Itâ€™s like playing Columbo, thereâ€™s always one more thing to uncover with a great piece of art.
Â This is what filled my need for visuals this Easter season. It wasnâ€™t stained glass but I think Iâ€™m very OK with that.
What will fill your soul today? This week? Month? Year? Life? Let Jesus enter in and fill you with the Holy Spirit! Amen.