Good thing I last posted when I did - new computer-internet problems surfaced on Good Friday that kept us incommunicado until night-before last. This time it was the modem (so new it was still under warranty), or so they thought. After driving across town to pick up a loaner modem (didn't work, either) and then waiting for them to mail us a new one (still didn't connect us to the internet), they decided it was with the lines beyond our reach! We'll suspect THAT option, first thing, if there's a next time!
So, since returning to circulation, I've been weeding and wending my way through the email inbox (Uff da!). I haven't even dared to check facebook, yet.
But, I did consider it providential timing, since I had so much work to do under a deadline! I'm rather delighted to be weaned from the lure of the internet, with a newly established schedule for accomplishing long-overdue projects. God is good.
Last Sunday, after our time of confession when we turn to greeting one another, it dawned on me that "He is risen!" is the Christian's "Allah akbar." It is our watchword, our witness, and the hope for all creation. Perhaps one of you knows where I can find a story I recall reading. It could have been under the Nazi regime, or the Soviet purges. A man on trial responded to a question if he had anything to say in his own defense. The man replied "He is risen!" From the assembled audience voices raised, loud and clear, "He is risen, indeed!" (I bet that put a chill up the necks of the authorities!)