The sky was just showing a little light of dawn when Cheeto and I made our way to the Story Shack this morning. I stood outside in the dark, underneath an arbor Dave made for me, listening to the birds wake up. That early morning in-the-garden moment made me think about Mary Magdalene coming to the empty tomb and mistaking Jesus for the gardener, and about Sandi Patty’s song, “Was It A Morning Like This?”
It might seem like an odd leap to make, but I came into the Shack and listened to a radio interview that a friend sent me—former President Jimmy Carter talking about his new book, Faith. The interviewer asked him about his Christian faith and wondered, if President Carter could choose any Scripture to have tacked on the wall in the offices of the President and Congress, what would it be? He answered with three: Be ye kind one to another. Love thy neighbor as thyself. God is love.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to tack those on all of our walls. Easter is the ultimate expression of God’s love and grace. And I think we dishonor it when we fail to show love and compassion to each other.
In a loud, turbulent world—grace, peace, love, and kindness to you this Easter morning.