As I looked out at the amazing sunrise this morning, I was reflecting on what we are gearing up for this coming year, in light of Easter. This is the day God's Kingdom made a definitive beach head into what we call the ultimate or final experience... death.
In N.T. Wright's Lenten reading today, he highlights the issue with how Christ revealed his risen self. The gospel accounts have him first appearing to Mary and Mary Magdalene. He explains that women were considered an unreliable source of information in that culture, at that time. They were considered weak. But this was something new and God was turning our systems of thought and best ideas on their ear.
Paul reiterates this point in 1 Corinthians 1:25, "For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men."
Wright said, "That is part of what Easter is all about. God is doing a new thing, and, as Jesus said earlier in the story, the first shall be last and the last first. Easter is a day to put everything upside down and inside out."
This morning I am filled with faith. I know, again, in my heart and mind that God has called us to serve these beautifully weak and poor disabled orphans. We get to be a part of His Kingdom-Coming-to-Earth story, His Death-is-Not-Final story, His Wrong-Things-Made-Right story. (See Matthew 5, blessed are the poor...)
I know that as we serve these precious children, God will continue to move on the hearts of the hopeless; Hope has come, Love has come and He came for all of us. Our work of saying "yes" is a tiny sign. Your work of saying "yes" is a sign too.
As we celebrate the Risen King today, pray for those without hope to hope again, because Love has come for us all.
(He is Risen Indeed)
Images from The Jesus Storybook Bible, a big family fave.