Friday, 8 March, 2013

Dear St. Mark’s Family,

Easter greetings in the name of our Lord!

Geologists tell us that the earth naturally renews itself in a cycle of death and rebirth through geological forces; massive, moving surface plates, volcanic activity and the process of erosion. The scriptures teach that everything began as dust and eventually everything turns back to dust in it’s cycle of life and death.  Over the long ages of time there have been cataclysmic events that have dramatically effected this cycle, such as a meteor that is said to have hit Mexico millions of years ago and is believed to have wiped out up to 75 percent of earth’s species.

Two thousand years ago a meteor of a different sort fell from heaven and struck the earth.  A holy child was born.  His life, death and resurrection set into motion forces that would change forever our world and the future of humanity.

Think about these words from 1 Corinthians 15:20-26;

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive… Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Even death, that spiritual and physical cataclysm that has claimed every form of life since the creation of the world, even death itself will be defeated!

These words of hope have never meant more to me than they do at this moment when even as I write someone very dear to me slips toward the end of the fragile tether of life on earth.  Though his frail eighty-year old body is failing him, his spirit is strong and his future is secure for he rests by faith in the salvation of Jesus Christ his Lord and savior.

I don’t know all the circumstance of your life right now but I suspect that either you or someone you care about is walking through difficulty.  The resurrection offers hope and strength in the face of whatever you are facing.  Like the words of this powerful Easter song says;

No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me. From a life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, could ever pluck me from His hand. Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I stand.”

May the Lord bless you and your family in this season of God’s redemption!

Rev. Craig Tanksley
Rector