The Day After
This is my friend, Ruth. She has celebrated 101 Easter mornings!
Most of them were much like the one you and I just had last weekend – a mix of worship, friends and family – and maybe some candy as well.
This means she has also lived 101 “day afters”. And most of them were probably much like what you and I are feeling today – a mix of joy from the Easter celebration and blah because we have to go back to school or work and get on with our lives.
We all know about “day afters”, right? We call it coming down from the LOG “high”. Sometimes it takes weeks – sometimes only one day; but we all experience it to one degree or another. We want to go back – we want to feel like we did – we can’t wait until next time – but here we are on the “day after.”
This is not new. Jesus’s disciples had their own “day after”. The Gospel of John reports that following Jesus’s death on the cross, the disciples went into hiding – apparently staying there for a week until Jesus came back to reveal himself to “doubting” Thomas. (John 20)
Chapter 24 of the Gospel of Luke tells the story of two of Jesus’ disciples whose “day after” began as early as the “day of” when they walked seven miles to the town of Emmaus before Jesus appeared to them. No one knows for sure, but it is presumed they were going home – disappointed and let down.
When I asked Ruth how she made it through so many “day afters” she said, “Everyday, I try to spend time in the presence of Christ. I pray, not by asking for anything – at 100 years old I’m way past ‘Give me.’ I say to Jesus, ‘I’m so sorry that you had to die on the cross for me.’ And I thank Him for His sacrifice, for His love – and for being with me everyday.”
Singer/songwriter Amy Grant recorded these words:
I’d love to live on a mountaintop fellowshipping with the Lord
I’d love to stand on a mountaintop ‘cause I love to feel my spirit soar
But I’ve got to come down from that mountaintop to the people in the valley below
Or they’ll never know that they can go to the mountain of the Lord
(check out the whole song here)
Here are some things you can do on this and all your “day afters” …
- make time for a few “vertical” moments each day: worship, read, write and pray.
- tell someone about your mountain top experience and encourage them in their relationship with God.
- show agape love by serving someone in need.
And be sure you are in church next Sunday. The Sunday after Easter is usually one of the biggest “day after” (lowest attendance) days of the whole year.
PS – Ruth loves visitors! If you’d like to meet this amazing woman, please let me know.
Agape: A Taste of LOG
Share LOG With Your Family
This Sunday, April 23
Firehouse campus of Clay Church
17646 Cleveland Road, SB
This will be a fun evening of sharing a little bit of the LOG experience with your parents and other significant adults (think youth pastor, youth group leaders, grandparents etc).
Please do not spoil the surprise for other teenagers that might be able to attend a future LOG weekend! But bring a bandana if you think your mom won’t keep her eyes closed …
The Next Season of LOG Begins Next Week
LOG # 92 at Bashor Home – June 23-25
Team meetings on Tuesday evenings beginning April 25
CoLeaders: Kim Archer and Meghan Russell
SOS (Summer Of Service) at Bethel College – June 29 – July 2
Team meetings on Monday evenings beginning May 1
CoLeaders: Erin Pinter and Ricardo Carbajal-Diaz
Sign up at www.michianayouth.org/team
Click here for one last installment of photos that might better have been left unpublished from the last three LOG weekends.
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