Prince of Peace, you have been doing amazing things this season and hasn’t it been fun doing it?
You’ve taken our traditional narratives around Lent, and turned it upside down by focusing on caring for each other with creative and sometimes downright sneaky acts of kindness and love, and, in doing so, you have probably changed how we will observe Lent at PoP for a long time.
I mean, can you imagine Lent without sneaking around and dropping off gifts and questionable puns? I know I can’t.
In that same spirit, Pr. Sara and I want to invite and challenge us all to expand the circles loving creativity beyond the community of Prince of Peace and into your circles of friends and neighbors as we celebrate this Holy Week.
And, before you say it, this is more than a cheap ploy to encourage folks to engage at church. I mean it's not, not a cheap ploy, but it’s also more. ;)
Haven’t you noticed lately how much better life has been, than what it had been before? Hasn’t it been wonderful to be a source of joy for someone you love, and see how someone loves you with creative surprise?
It’s stuff like this that makes our faith, a faith of hope, joy, love, kindness, wonder, and generosity, that thinks of others with as much care as we have for ourselves, a radical political philosophy. And it’s communally reinforcing. By committing to a life of loving service, you change your outlook on the world, and you can change others outlook by changing their experiences too.
As we prepare to celebrate how God raised Jesus to new life, let us also take part in that renewal of life for the world by making somebody’s else day just a little bit better - and let’s have some sneaky fun doing it.