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The Great Fifty Days of Easter

April 7, 2013 6 comments

Throughout the history of the church the Great Fifty Days of Easter has been a time for the newly baptized to find their place in the church as they begin their ministries and start putting their spiritual gifts to use. This can be a time of great reward or a time of great struggle. After the anticipation of being named as Christ’s own forever has been actualized, one might be so overwhelmed with desire and ambition that they fail to notice a call or nudge in the direction they are being led. When one hears stories of how the Holy Spirit descends as a dove or in tongues of flames, followed by people speaking in foreign languages, we might just be disappointed when there is no big lightning bolt to clear the path for us. This is where those of us who have witnessed and promised to do what we can to help the new members mature do it “with God’s help.” Our task is to make sure they don’t fade into the crowd and get lost.
But it’s not just the newly baptized we’ve promised to stand behind and support. We renew the commitment time and time again, not just for the newcomers, but for every member of the Body of Christ. Whether they are Christened as a child, confirmed as a teen, or were baptized as an adult; we need to show them we care and make sure they have the tools to grow. Let’s ask them if we are meeting their spiritual needs and welcome their input. Give them responsibility in the community. Show them they are needed and that they have much to contribute. No, we won’t solve everyone’s problems or heal everyone’s ills. What we can do is take a pulse of the spiritual health of our people and keep checking it to ensure our body is strong and able to carry out our mission. We are fresh from the joy of the resurrection and now in the perfect time to review our status. Should we revive old programs or start new ones? What has the Holy Spirit been telling us? Are we being nudged in a particular direction? Before we move on in the usual fashion let’s step back, take a breath, know that the rest of the Body of Christ is with us, and above all pray that we may see clearly where we are to go. We can do this “with God’s help.”
Deacon Pete