It has been a long, long week, but I am not complaining.
As many of you know, or should know, West Virginia has suffered the loss of 29 of her sons, felled in a deep, dark hole. The Governor has been quoted as saying that during these times, West Virginians are a family. Those connections are indeed felt deeply, and the more so in this case. Even I, not a native, can reach those miners in but one connection. It has been a time in which it seems that the Sun waited on the horizon to shine, the mountains silently stood as if to proclaim innocence in this matter, and all of us swam in the river of depression. I suspect that as the days pass, the mood will lessen, and perhaps that is for the worse, as when we forget our connection and our promise to vigilance, another sorrow will be suffered.
I have spent the weekend updating my hosting and creating another blog, but more on that later.
We are in the season between the Resurrection Day and Pentecost, in which it is more than adequate to contemplate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In doing so, I remind my children that the Christian religion is bound up in that event which cannot be proved by science or history, but by an encounter with the Risen Christ. We have the teachings of Christ, the reports of miracles, the account of His death and burial, and that would be enough to build a sect of followers around a martyred Teacher, but it is the Resurrection which prompts us to action.
But tell me this– since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. (1st Corinthians 15:12-14 NLT)
In the coming weeks, our Sunday mornings will be spent discussing the Resurrection and application of such a thing to our daily lives. I know, they are 7 and soon will be 6, but never too early to learn to think.
My blogging may be slow for the next few months, but I hope that my contributors will post a few things from time to time to help make up the void. Always looking for new ones…