” . . . witness to the resurrection . . . ”

“With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God poured rich blessings on them all.” (Acts 4:33)

We had a concert with two harps at our church almost a couple of months ago.  I took this photo that evening but knew as soon as I pressed the shutter that this would be an Easter photo.  It’s a harp in a harp – sort of . . .  What you’re seeing is a harp sculpture through the strings of one of the harps we heard that evening.

The sculpture is made from an old harp that was dismantled and re-purposed.  I call it “resurrected.”  Just yesterday a learned colleague was reminding me that to be resurrected was more than simply being brought back or resuscitated.  To be resurrected means one is raised to new life and purpose.  That’s exactly why this old harp came to mind.  It fulfilled it’s original purpose of singing beautiful music, was cast into the corner of disrepair, and was raised to new life and purpose as a different form of art.

For us as Christians, we live in the hope of resurrection because of the resurrection of Jesus we celebrate at Easter.  Yet I believe resurrection applies to more than just our entry into eternal life with Christ.  I also believe God’s love in Christ offers us resurrection in the here and now.  I have witnessed the resurrection of individuals and relationships through the power of God’s love.  However, I have also seen others condemned by their own stubbornness, fear, or pride to lives of continued pain because they wanted resuscitation but not resurrection.  They wanted a new chance at their old life instead of a new life with the necessary changes.

I pray that God will lead me in the ways of resurrection.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,


Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on April 8, 2015.

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