…then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7 (NRSV)
Good Folks today is Friday, April 10, 2015. It is also my brother Richard’s birthday.
The picture was taken this past Wednesday at a breakfast group with which I participate. The 32oz “Miracle Bubble” for ages 3+ was given to me as a gift in reference to Easter Sunday Children’s Moment message to the kids.
Everyone experiences the life-giving breath from God at birth. My reflections to the children that day were to say that God breathed into the nostrils of Jesus, who was truly human, who died on the cross, again. Now, I am sure that there are a few clergy folks wondering if I am bordering on heresy. I do not believe so.
My point is that to have a resurrection you must have a death, and God breathed into the nostrils of Jesus and raised him to life from the tomb. Now, the interest of the children that morning might have been on the many bubbles I made in those few moments; however, you have no bubbles unless air enters and makes it so…[Miracle Wand Inside]
How can we tell the Easter story in such a way that folks will be eager to see, hear, smell and personally experience it? I gave my little bubble flask to one of the kids, and the Easter egg shell to another who asked. But the story is more than “breath into nostrils” or bubbles, or Easter eggs, or an empty tomb. It is about our faith, witnessed through our experiences of our own resurrection…from death unto life. It is also about Jesus being seen and experienced that same day in the Upper Room with the disciples, minus Thomas…or the Road to Emmaus conversations …and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24:35b) I said it plainly, Easter (resurrection) can also happen on Monday as well…and every day of the week.
I just might keep this Children’s Moment message in my back pocket for next year.
Sunday is around the corner. Invite someone, welcome our guests and know that God loves you so much.
See you Sunday.
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)