Eastertide and Ramadan

Posted on April 21, 2020 by Myra Crane

Eastertide is a thing! The word itself makes Easter live on—gives it movement, a destiny that fulfills resurrection purpose and joy. I love the word itself; it stirs my soul into what’s next.

 

It is rarely spoken of in Christian circles anymore, but it has a very significant place in traditional, liturgical calendars. It marks the 50-day period between Easter and Pentecost Sunday. Each Sunday in this season Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead in a way that anticipates Pentecost—the birth of Christ’s Church—when 120 God-fearing believers from “every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5) were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues they didn’t know (Acts 2:6).

 

The purpose of this infilling was and continues to be empowerment for witness, for carrying the gospel’s great news to everyone who has not yet heard it. They were being equipped for God’s mission to bless the world with God’s free gift of eternal life.

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Tagged: Ramadan, Prayer, Easter

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It's Still Easter

Posted on April 15, 2020 by Myra Crane

Hard boiled eggs are everywhere these days. We are pickling, deviling, chopping, and whipping them into all kinds of recipes and quasi respectable meal concoctions. The egg glut is proof that Easter came, and will be fully fare-welled when the last of our left-over hen fruit are eaten or affectionately fed to the kitchen sink disposal. 

 

Or will it? This Easter has felt different from the start, and I don’t sense we are ready for it to move on just yet. 

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For Our Muslim Friends, the Truth about Jesus

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Myra Crane

Forty-six days before Easter, Christians all over the world recognize Ash Wednesday as the start of Lent, or Easter season. Today is that day.

Today Christ-followers focus special attention on a serious intervention that took place over 2,000 years ago. That’s when the Son of God broke into human flesh and paid the sin debts of every person who would accept His great salvation gift. On this Ash Wednesday Christians everywhere grieve their offenses, confess their transgressions, and purpose to meditate more intentionally on Jesus’ life and redemption mission. 

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Tagged: Seasonal, Easter

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Easter's Lamb

Posted on April 19, 2019 by Myra Crane

Easter is a time for reflecting. Gratefully we remember Christ’s cross, His very temporary grave, and the truth of His glorious resurrection. 

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Thinking about Muslim Friends on This Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 6, 2019 by Myra Crane

I never thought much of Ash Wednesday before, since in my denomination the Lenten ritual of having the sign of the cross caressed into one’s forehead with symbolic ash isn’t really practiced. I’ve never thought it was heresy or anything; in fact, aside from casual conversations I may have had with friends who wore their ash crosses home from church on Ash Wednesday, I never really thought of it much at all.

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