An Easter Way of Life

An Easter Way of Life

by the Rev. Jenni Liem, Vicar of St. Nicholas', Tahoe City and Director of Camp Noel Porter

It has turned out to be such a beautiful spring here at Lake Tahoe; the robins were running around this morning and the squirrels have dug up all their winter stores – which makes for lots of fun walking through the woods. The bears are awake and already making their presence known in town. And those rascally raccoons keep finding their way into the dumpster. With all this spring going on, it is hard to imagine that Pentecost and summer are only a few weeks away. I am sure that your summer plans are quickly coming together and you are looking with anticipation toward some recreation and refreshment. Our summer here at Camp Noel Porter and St. Nicholas’ is also coming together quickly and we are looking forward, with great anticipation, to a fantastic summer. (We have been digging a trench today – with powerful earth movers).

As we slide into May, I hope we are able to take a moment and remember the season of the Church we are still in. I had a couple of people ask me when the season of Easter was going to be done and I surprised them by saying we still had the whole month of May left for the Easter Opening dialogue and the Seasonal blessing. We still have a couple of more weeks to sing “Jesus Christ is risen today” and we were still going to shout our Alleluias at the dismissal.

I relish that we are still in the Easter season. I am seeing the evidence of resurrection all around. We are seeing friends return to the Lake and hearing stories of God moving in their lives in new and exciting ways. We are seeing life return to our very depressed economy after a hard winter. There are lots of help wanted signs going up in shop windows and restaurants. What has seemed like a long and unexciting winter is giving way to a fresh spring in our community. People are speaking with hope all around town.

How do we respond to the Easter season? Is it simply a day on the calendar or a festival at our churches? Is it only a day of family and feast? Or have we let Easter become our way of life for the last few weeks? Let me tell you the story of today. Before we were digging the trench, I was visited by one of our community members who regularly needs assistance. While we were looking for various items, she said that she was so thankful that Jesus was in her life and was looking out for her even though times are tough. It is an Easter moment when we are confronted with such faith. Here is another story: one of the St. Nicholas’ parents asked me if it was alright for her son to go to youth group at the Baptist Church; would I or the congregation be offended? As I know the youth minister and the Senior Pastor, I said we would be happy her son has found a community and fellowship there. It is an Easter moment when we see young people seeking community.

In our response to the Easter season, I think it is important for us to look for the wonderful and inspiring ways God is moving in people’s lives. We see relationships with God not only made new in this season, but we also see those relationships resurrected. I am sure we can remember all of those moments when we felt that God was absent from our lives. I call those Good Friday moments. I know how alive I feel when I emerge from Good Friday and Holy Saturday into the glory of Easter Morning – both physically and metaphorically. I know that I often need my relationship with God to be a moment of resurrection. I need to feel that I too have emerged from the tomb and have been given new life. Have you allowed Easter to be your way of life?

As summer comes and our lives become even busier, I would hope that you continue to know an Easter life. A life full of resurrection. A life full of reconciliation. A life full of re-creation.



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