Welcome to Eastertide, and Another Fresh Start

7 04 2010

By Nancy Eckardt (nancye@churchbcc.org)

Easter at Bethany was a spectacular celebration of our risen Savior.  I hope you were able to be here to take in the flowers and the smiles of volunteers, the music and the message, and the expectant spirit that permeated the day.  Even if you were unable to attend, I trust your Easter was a time of celebrating the resurrection of Christ, and his ongoing infusion of life into our lives and the world.   Eastertide, the 50 days following Easter, is a chance for us to remember the life that Christ authored for us, through his death and resurrection, and to commit again to allowing his life to flow through us.

At the beginning of Lent, many of you committed to establishing a Rule of Life, a specific set of measurable intentions in the areas of Scripture Reading, Prayer, Generosity, and Service.  Lent was a great time to try this out and see how God worked as you followed through with the commitment you made.  So how did it go?  For me personally, I set intentions in the areas of Scripture, Prayer, and Service, but am still considering what Generosity looks like for me.  I am also looking for an accountability partner. 

Maybe for you, it’s time for a fresh start.  The purpose of establishing a Rule of Life is not so that we can have one more thing to feel bad about not getting done.  In fact it is a way for us to acknowledge that we are on a path with Christ, and that the spiritual disciplines that we incorporate into our lives are worth the effort, even if we have to try over and over again.  On Sunday, Richard challenged each of us to give authorship of our lives back to God, and the development of a rule of life is the way for us to take a step in that direction.

 Starting on Sunday, April 18th, we will be offering another Rule of Life class, 9:30 – 10:45am, in Classroom B.  For 5 weeks we will look more closely at what it means to have a Rule of Life, why it is important, what it has looked like for others, and what it can look like for us.  Taught by Kevin Hilman and Suzanne Townsend, it will be a great shot in the arm for those of you who are serious about incorporating spiritual disciplines into your life.

Another resource for you is this website.  We hope to update this site weekly with articles, links, book reviews and other resources that will help you as you develop your Rule of Life.  We also encourage you to click on the My Rule of Life tab, and share your intentions with the rest of us.

If you have questions or comments, you can submit them at the end of the home page.  It is my hope that this will be a virtual place of support and encouragement as we commit together to till the soil of our hearts so that God’s transforming work can be done in and through us.  Please join us!

Nancy Eckardt



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