"I came so that they can have a real and eternal life, more and better than
they ever dreamed of." John 10:11 (The Message)
These words from Jesus speak to us of the love, care, and support the Good Shepherd offers to those who hear His voice and follow Him. It is the promise that we will live forever, as well as living better now, or as Max Lucado says, we are called to "outlive our lives." Just what does that mean? Each and every one of us who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior will not die-that death is not the end but the beginning-not an exit but an entrance. "For them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and their adventures in Narnia had been only the cover and title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever in which every chapter is better than the one before." C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle "All the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup." Frederick Buechner, Godric
But thanks be to God, the promise is not just for a kind of "pie in the sky" promise, but also a more abundant life in this world. The wonder and the worry is that each one of us is called to outlive our lives by leaving behind the love of Christ we share with others through acts of love, kindness, and generosity. Thankfully, Zion has been saving lives for now and forever since 1782 and beyond. You and those who have gone before and will follow have provided a safe haven where the saving grace of Christ is proclaimed without hesitation nor compromise, a base for reaching out to the four comers of the globe with programs that have literally saved lives and continues to do so. This Easter please prayerfully consider what you can give to the Mission and Ministry of Christ through and by Zion.
The Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector