Take What You Need & Share What You Can
On Easter Sunday, post-it notes will be available to pick up following worship. Each post-it note will include a word along with a related scripture reference. You will be encouraged to “Take What You Need” and grab a post-it note (or two) that you feel fits your need the most.
You might feel that you need encouragement, hope, inspiration, strength or healing. Take what you need and look for God’s response. Place the post-it note where you will often see it and be reminded at key moments of the day – the bathroom mirror, coffee maker, refrigerator door, office workstation and the door to the garage are just a few ideas. Make it your daily practice to think about your word and reflect on the scripture. Ask God to help you see how God is present with you and responding to your need and prayer.
You might know someone who has been facing hardship, or there might be someone who you have been praying for on regular basis. You are encouraged to take an additional post-it note and share it with another person.
Is there someone in your life who is facing an ongoing battle with an illness? Maybe the post-it note you offer that person is strength. Is there someone in your life who is hurting, due to a broken relationship or a recent loss? You could offer that person a post-it note with the word healing and a scripture reference reminding them that God cares deeply when we hurt and works to bring about healing in our lives.
Is there someone in your life who feels stuck, unable to move forward from a recent decision he or she has made, someone overwhelmed by a deep sense of guilt and regret? You could offer that person the word grace or forgiveness, reminding them that all people sin and fall short of the glory of God and nothing can separate us from God’s love – not anything we have done, said, or failed to do. Nothing.
Claim the story of Easter as your story and look for an opportunity to share a helpful or encouraging word with another person. After all, isn’t that what Easter is all about? Arriving at the place of the empty tomb, we find that God has dealt sin and death a definitive blow. Christ’s death and resurrection makes it possible for us to let go of our burden and sin and put on the righteousness of God.
“For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” Romans 6:5-7
Rev. Nathan Esser
Nathan is the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Sioux Falls. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.