Do Not Hold On to Me

I find myself having some real compassion for preachers as I sit down to write this blog post for Easter. It’s Good Friday, and I want to be focused on the here-and-now of Jesus being pulled out of the pit this morning, of Jesus being condemned to death,...
A New Perspective on Resurrection

A New Perspective on Resurrection

Our backyard is awash in yellow on this Easter resurrection morning. The palo verde trees are scenting the air with their fragrant blossoms, while the tan landscape rocks beneath are covered in a mix of yellow flowers from both the palo verde and mesquite trees. As I...

Easter Flowers

I have some pretty strong memories of Easter lilies. This vivid white symbol of resurrection was an integral part of Easter in the church where I grew up. When I was a teen, we kids were assigned the task of running into a nearby room during the Easter Vigil, just as...

Death in Eastertide

The past few days have been filled with sudden death in southwestern New Mexico. On Thursday there was a horrific crash and fire on the interstate, near the Arizona border, that was caused by the high winds and reduced visibility of a sandstorm and claimed seven...

Celebrating Eastertide

Is Easter still on your minds these days? We are still in Eastertide but, like with Christmas, I sense that most people celebrate the day itself and then move on, forgetting that Easter is not just a day, but also a season. The season of Eastertide is fifty days,...