This posting is an anniversary post. Three years ago on the first Monday after Easter I wrote my first It’s Monday article for Peace Lutheran Church. The idea was driven by this simple assumption: We celebrate the event of Easter on Sunday. We live the life of Easter beginning on Monday.
These simple postings have been my way of reminding myself and you that Jesus was not raised so that we can listen to trumpets and be filled with the irresistible aroma of lilies. Jesus’ resurrection marks the divine “yes” on the life that Jesus lived among us and the call that Jesus makes upon us. We celebrate the event of Easter on Sunday and we live the life of Easter beginning on Monday.
Our theme for this Easter season, This Time Tomorrow, picks up that same spirit. Each worship service this season we will end by interviewing a person from the congregation, asking them to respond to three simple questions: 1) What do you do Monday through Saturday? 2) What will you be doing this time tomorrow? 3) How can we pray for you?
So this week we prayed for an administrator in a physicians office, a systems analyst at a large insurance company, someone who sells medical products to hospitals, and a worker at Whole foods who is also trying to find ways to pursue his artistic creativity. As we prayed for each, we asked God to help us be more like Jesus in each place we find ourselves and to remind us that what we do on Monday matters as much as the worship on Sunday.
In response, a member of Peace sent me this 5th Century poem. It captures the spirit of our theme, This Time Tomorrow.
Look to this day.
For it is life.
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all.
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power-
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
It’s Monday. What will it mean for your day to be “well lived?” Peace. Kai