Several things occur to me as I write this article. First, in the liturgical year we are about to enter Holy Week. A time when we remember how Jesus was betrayed, how she suffered for us, how he was placed in a tomb for us. But then, I realize that because of those events, every week should be Holy Week for us and every day should be Easter. I certainly do not deserve His grace and mercy, but it’s not about what we deserve, but the love that God has for you and I. I deserve to be beaten, to suffer and die. But, you see, it’s not about what we deserve but the the forgiveness of God. Because of His mercy and His forgivness that we can face tomorrow.
As I watched the funeral of Billy Graham, I confess I had tears in my eyes and could feel God’s Spirit. Something one of his daughters said really hits home. She had been in a terrible marriage despite the warnings of her parents. When she left him and headed home, fearful of what they might think, she pulled up the drive and Billy was standing there and simply said, “Welcome home.” That’s what Easter is about. That’s what God says to us as we turn to Him. “WELCOME HOME.”