Take the TV news in small doses. Your favorite shows with limits. Social media at arms length. Instead, look for signs of life elsewhere in the days leading up to resurrection. Open your bible. Read of those early Christians who under great duress resolved to forgive and draw their strength from the unseen hope they profess. Pray what you were taught before you could read—the one about ‘our Father’s kingdom come, our Father’s will be done’. Tend to the relationships you presently have. Let your love be genuine, fervent, and hospitable. Laugh with…  Joke with…  Sit with…  Encourage. Comfort. As best you can, be at peace.

“Let your love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good. Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not grow weary in zeal but be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be high-minded, but associate with the lowly. Do not claim to be wiser than you are. And do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”  Romans 12:9-18

Dan Behrens, Co Pastor, Evergreen Church

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