The Gospe of Easter is not something to be handled haphazardly. It's the most important news one can ever receive. You and I need to be reminded frequently what it's all about. This sermon remembers the basics.
Once again it is Mother's Day. It's a nostalgic moment for me, as it is for most of us. My earliest memories of Mother's Day go back to our little white Cape Cod home in Arlington, Massachusetts, surrounded by the white picket fence. In those days, it was the custom, at least in New England, that on Mother's Day you wore a flower. It was a token of respect to your mother. A white carnation in her memory if she was dead, a red carnation to celebrate her presence if she was living. I'm sort of sorry that custom has gone out of style.
The focal point of this message is the challenge to place or renew our faith in Jesus. When we do so, wel discover what it is to live life to the fullest. We discover that paradox that in losing yourself to Christ's love and grace in the service of others, you find yourself in the abundant life you were created to live!
"I try hard to be a good father, and I fail. But I am not giving up. As a Christian, I know I can't do it perfectly. But I do have a model."
The question is not whether or not God is on my side but whether I am on God's side.