March 24, 2010: What I Am Reading This Week

“…Resurrection takes place in the country of death.

The land of the living is obviously not a vacation paradise. It’s more like a war zone. And that’s where we Christians are stationed, along with the children, to affirm the primacy of life over death, to give witness to the connectedness and preciousness of all life, to engage in the practice of resurrection.

We do this by gathering in congregations and regular worship before our life-giving God and our death-defeating Christ and our life-abounding Holy Spirit. We do it by reading, pondering, teaching, and preaching the Word of Life as it is revealed in our Scriptures. We do it by baptizing men, women, and children in the name of the Trinity, nurturing them into a resurrection life. We do it by eating the life of Jesus in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. We do it by visiting prisoners, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, healing the sick, working for justice, raising our children, doing our everyday work to the glory of God. (Italics mine.)

Eugene H Peterson

Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life

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