and felt like He was calling me to come and wrestle things out here.
With kids still quiet under blankets - I show up to share even before the sun has shown it's face. He must have something to say!
Lord, meet us in between all these black printed letters....
What would happen....if we actually believed that the tomb ended up being empty?
What would happen if, truly, we believed that He went from no pulse.... to pulsing? No breathing.....to taking in air? A dark tomb....to sun-filled cave-space?
Death and darkness would be difficult to celebrate, I think.
Perhaps our concentrations would never find themselves giving an accentuated spot-light to the things that Christ came to defeat.
I'm not really concerned with whether or not you fill bags with candy at each door in the neighborhood. I don't care to keep anyone from carved gourds or school parties.
Be free and eat the iced pumpkin-shaped cookies!
But as you do so....let your every word be dripping with grace and love. Smile at people and be filled with joy this last sunrise and sunset of October!
On a day set aside to celebrate death.....celebrate life! Highlight it this Halloween!
Because you know! And you remember!....
That the story didn't end with a dead Jesus. That it ended in a rising, living Lord! That it ended in a light-filled, straight up empty tomb!
And for those that know Christ as Savior...you understand the crazy beautiful part......that the same power that raised Him from the stink of decay in that death-stenched grave.....lives bright and burning right inside of us who believe it!
The empty cave means a full you!
Especially, especially, especially today....Let's live like that's true.