How an Elephant Prepares for Easter

In preparation for Easter, many are those who fast. during Lent. A healthy cleansing of the body results. But, fasting can be stressful and one can loose his/her patience. Thus, without prayer and meditation, there can be no house-cleaning for the mind and heart.

T’is an ol’ tale of an elegant elephant
Nibblin’ at a smorgasbord restaurant--
Feelin’ discontent while fasting for Lent,
Decided to become a Protestant.

For many, Easter is limited to the story of Jesus’ resurrection. But if the ascension of Jesus into heaven was the activity of Spirit, then Easter has a greater meaning and purpose. Truly, that same Spirit that raised up Jesus can lift each of us out of despair and into peace. Jesus said, “Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world. … The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done.”

Sounds as if Jesus was setting a new and higher standard. The Master desires that all people shall triumph over the difficulties of life – not merely struggling their way through its challenges and woes.

So consider the importance of the weeks preceding Easter as a preparation for our own ‘Resurrection Experience’. A mental fast is accomplished by abstaining from stinkin’-thinkin’ and revising long-held beliefs about God and life. An emotional fast involves the confrontation of fear and anger that have been suppressed into the subconscious, allowing them to  dissipate.

This is a tough order for the human personality. We cannot do it of ourselves, but thorough our intimate prayer life with God, we can.

T’is a new tale of an elegant elephant,
Nibblin’ at a smorgasbord restaurant--
Released discontent while fasting for Lent
And discovered a Spirit triumphant.

The story of Easter is of the power of resurrecting life. It’s the budding bush and the changing of the seasons. It’s the story of the caterpillar transformed into a triumphant butterfly. And it’s the story of your rising about life’s challenges into a glorious and miraculous victory. It is our story of triumphant living and has meaning only as we encounter the resurrection experience.

Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
March 1, 2009
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