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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 21, 2019

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SUNDAY, April 21                  Easter Sunday

Isaiah 65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.

My mom was a magnificent cook. She would change ingredients and seasonings, turning an old recipe into a totally new and different offering. Former recipes were not remembered—new ingredients transformed an old dish into something new.

Jesus too knows all about new creations and rebirth; he is the expert in turning old patterns and habits into life-giving purposes. The Word made flesh blessedly assures us that the former things—sin, sickness, death—will be relegated to an unremembered past, opening a space for something new to grow and bloom.

Easter reminds us of God’s gifts of creativity and vision—of creating life where only death was before, creating light by which we can rightly see the world. Easter offers us a vision of hope and promise in this world, right here and right now, fresh and new and holy.

Alleluia! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

MOVING FORWARD: Plant something today—vegetables or flowers, a prayer request, or even a big kiss on a loved one.

Ps 118:1-2,14-24 | Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25 | 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43 | John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12



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