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Heaven Meets Earth Day, Good Friday 2014

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April 18.

Like Christmas, Easter has to happen in the heart. Otherwise, what is it? Another holiday with a lot of work and expense, that somehow is getting merged into Earth Day along with a confusing mixture of bunnies and such. 

So today, on this Good Friday, I woke up with a will to allow Easter to happen in my heart. As I wondered what this would mean (in the midst of planning a fun family celebration on Sunday), I thought of my two best friends in high school. Priscilla and Frankie belonged to the Catholic Church, and on Holy Week, they would go to Confession.

I was secretly envious. The only confession we observed in our small church would be to periodically get saved on a Sunday night, pricked by our conscience that we hadn’t quite been living up to our faith.

But this morning, I have a fresh awareness of sin. It is sin that causes all the havoc —it is sin that separates us from Him. And we all sin, we all come short. We just know it, it is the weight that so easily besets us; it is the film that colors the world around us, and we ask, “How could such evil be?” 

But what Easter (and let’s call it Resurrection Day! Or “Heaven-Meets-Earth Day”) really means is that there’s an answer to our sin. A glorious, hopeful answer, available to all. The third verse of an old hymn goes like this:

“My sin oh, the bliss of this glorious thought; My sin, not in part, but the whole–Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”

~Nancie Carmichael

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Christian CarmichaelChristian Carmichael is the owner of Surfperch Communications, a branding & media company based in Southern California. He works with businesses, non-profits and independent authors. Christian is currently the President of Royal Family KIDS. He is Nancie and Bill's third son.View all posts by Christian Carmichael

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