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Emerging from the Tomb

As I sit to write this cover article, the birds are chirping outside, the silhouette of the sanctuary building is shrouded in light outside my office window as the sun rises, track and field flags fly, and balloons of purple, gold, blue, and white dance back and forth on the handrails of the Education Building.

It’s festive around here. Last night we re-introduced Wabash to The Presbyterian School with an open house for prospective families. A lot of hard work, thoughtfulness, and creativity went into making this a reality. Your Preschool Committee is a bunch of rock stars!

However, just a few months ago, we were unsure there would be a school to offer this year. Circumstances around us and within caused us to think, “I wonder if WPC should be in the Preschool biz?” Loss can do this to us.

We’re in a time of year this Lent where we’re reflecting on the Case for Hope in the face of our own mortality and brokenness. The Bible is filled with images, many of them agricultural, that say in order for new life to emerge, something must die. A seed, as it goes down into the soil, dies to one way of being so that its true identity as a stalk of corn or bush bean plant may emerge. Caterpillars only become butterflies after emerging from a place not unlike a tomb.

Jesus says that in order for us to rise with him to new life—as it was meant to be lived—something in us must die. That something is our self. To receive the new life of resurrection, we must die to the belief that we are ultimately in control. Or as George Costanza would say, “master of our domain.”

What is Jesus inviting you to place in the tomb with him? Your perception of how life was supposed to be? Your attitude that says, “I did my part, now God must do his in giving me what I want”? Perhaps your reliance upon those 7 dangerous words: “because that’s how we’ve always done things”?

Lent is about trusting Jesus all the way to the cross, all the way up to the point where we are without control, utterly reliant. And it can be dark and scary, but the promise the Bible offers in Romans 8 is this: “If God is for us, who is against us?”

Over 55 years ago, God began a good work at Wabash Presbyterian in her Preschool. This year, that well begun good work was threatened with staffing transitions, resource availability, competition, market saturation, etc. We had to mourn the death of part of that dream. But through prayer, discernment, hard work, and God’s abundant goodness, the Presbyterian School is poised for a new season. A new life.

Together, we will continue to watch as that good work that God has begun in this community moves toward the beautiful conclusion to that verse:

“…He who began a good work, will be faithful to complete it in the day of Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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