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This Side of Easter

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“Your steadfast love, O God, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the
clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are
like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O God. How
precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge
in the shadow of your wings.”
–Psalm 36:5-7

If you have ever spent time at an ocean shore or the shore of large body of water like Lake Superior, you know that you cannot see across to the other side. The vastness of the water just seems to keep going and going and does not allow you to even glimpse the other side.

In Psalm 36, the Psalmist cannot seem to find an image encompassing enough to capture God’s steadfast love. Extending to the heavens; like the mighty mountains; like the great deep, are words the Psalmist uses to try to describe the vastness of God’s love; like a body of water that seems to keep going and going endlessly.

In the midst of challenges, grief and sadness in our own lives; in the midst of terrorism and evil played out in the world; and in the midst of exclusion and injustice in our own church denomination, we are called to be Easter people. Easter is not just a day, it is who we are as God’s people. And Easter people witness to the vast, expansive, never-ending steadfast love of God for all people.

May we take time this week to think about and try to take in the vastness of God’s love…take in as much as you can and there will still be enough left for others! That’s the promise from this side of Easter…just try to take it in!