Eric's Sunday Sermon;The Easter App, No Man Left Behind
Our children, if allowed, re-teach us happy
Don't worry be happy
So easy for Christian folk to go sideways on this wonderful day. Do not do it. I beseech you to not go there. Happy Easter! Oh man some of the sermons on Easter get way out there in left field. Do not do it. Stay centered.
Now if you are a Christian that is great. Easter is not the day to subjugate or convert. It just is not. It is a happy day. We do not say “merry” Easter. We say happy Easter. We do not say “glorious” Easter we say Happy Easter. Happy is what we should be today.
I have a couple of really awesome friends who go down a serious path of spirituality not entirely based on Christ or Easter. Let us face it, Christmas is not the penultimate Christian holiday, Easter is. But we always call each other on Easter to rejoice. They kind of just feed off my joy and happiness. They wish me the best and ask what is in store for my new year as they know I really think Easter is “New Year’s”. I started today with celebrations and will pick up with Easter Bunny and Egg stuff tomorrow and celebrate in church tomorrow. I often refer to it as Christ’s real birthweek.
A funny thing but my young son does not get the eggs thing. He loves bunnies of course but he is all about us being born forever in our soul with Christ. Very strange because I tout happy happy happy and celebration.
Another funny thing, I do not really care much for social gatherings. Kind of reclusive in my own way. But Easter is a time when I do all social happy stuff. Like someone asking me “how are you doing” and I chew their ear off for twenty minutes letting them full well know how great it is to have Easter. Did I mention that out here in the Southwest Easter is a time of flowers taking off and trees blooming to a full crescendo of colors. You should see our Bougainvillea’s, whahoo and Yippee. So Easter cannot be held up by clergy or by those still mourning the passion and crucifixion. If thee touches foot on my soil thou shalt be happy or be gone with you. That is how we rock and I hope you do too.
I am so sorry but these guys just crack me up. So Silly the make me Happy
I did not know this man but this man came back to his roots to make his people happy.
The big return
In my day I have left a lot of social groupings and passed on to others. I am not good at maintaining relationships. I like to move on for a reason and living in several countries like Vietnam, France, Mexico and US NewEngland it is easy to seek new and forget old. So I understand the leaving of His people when Christ allowed himself to depart. But I am in full on humble adoration for Him coming back. That is so awesome. And as He can count the hairs on a gnat’s ass He counted me as one that He returned for. Me?! Whacka Whacka Yahoo!! So as the story goes there is this great guy who gets holy hell beat out of him, and is hung on a cross with nails and sliced open by my then people and yet the dude has the audacity to return. And He don’t do it for glory or for himself He does it for two thousand year later me. No Way!! And yet yes way!
So my job on Easter is to let others know how happy I am for me and mine. That Jesus so loved me and them that he came back for us. Sure “resurrection” sounds good. But that is like a feat or miracle. The intent is what sells me. He did not come back to be a badass He came back for me. Now I am a pretty good dad and husband. Not a great provider. But OK. I have done some bad stuff and I have let bad stuff happen around me. But nobody ever has loved me so much as shown on Easter. In the field of battle I am not so sure they should risk other lives to come back for me should I be held up for some reason. That is just a reality check that I must live with. I do not think I am necessarily wretched but maybe wretched lite?
So even if the resurrection is part myth, I am the one the myth was written for. It gives me some redemption that someone really loves me. I think we all need the love of not being forgotten and being lifted up. Make no danged mistake here my friends I do not deserve being lifted up and recharged or as we like to say reborn.
So Easter is like the judge giving me a lighter sentence as long as I hang out and love my neighbors and my family and God above all else. There is a lesson here for more than just us Christians. We should all look for who came back for us.
After a rather bad bout with cancer, about a year later I went on another Grand Canyon non-maintained trail hike. I did not do so well. My 16 year old nearly ran to the camp area. Then emptied his pack and scooted right back up the trail to help carry some of my pack weight. Just that coming back meant so much that I got through and carried my weight down to the river camp. Coming back for someone is such an important act of love.
Lest we forget
Thank you to all of you
Did you know that if you are walking on a path you cannot reach your hand out forward to help someone? You must reach back to lend a hand. (forget the occasional butt push ;-) An older brother can only lead from the front, yet his mind must be on the back. Likewise in our love, we must lead in love in order to carry another into love. You cannot push someone into love but you can coax them there.
So Christ and you are siblings of God. God sent his son back for his brother. There is just no time line here. He came back for me though in my thought I was not yet here. Is there any more ultimate paying it forward than that?
I was just staring out over the ocean – beautiful day with a few whales giving us a show and surfers giving us another show. In funny fashion I got all happy inside. For some reason I had the feeling of a child on Christmas eve. Easter is coming and I am sure that I am worth Him coming back for me. I am really loved. Whahoo!
For secularists and Christians and others would you do me a favor? It is kind of small really and yet huge and hard for me to ask. Would you do a simple turn around and go back to someone to help them up? I think you can see that this is a good and noble thing to do. Who through their own ignorance and malfeasance got left behind? Forget what the outcome may be, just go back for them. No child left behind. No Marine left behind. We are both warriors and children.
And just in closing may I suggest a cool thing. If we left someone behind we left a piece of us behind, it is time to go reclaim it in loving victory.