Pulpit Reflections by Rev. Ed Anderson The baseball season started up again last week. Those of you who know me are aware of the fact that I'm a big baseball fan. Yes, I'll admit it. I'm a Twins fan. Every year when the season begins, anything seems possible. Even the Twins and their fans still have high hopes. Especially this year, after a winter of major league baseball talking about the contraction of both the Twins and Expos, the beginning of the season was a welcome sight for baseball fans.
I find it ironic that baseball chose the word "contraction" to talk about the death of two teams this past off-season. Usually the contraction is not associated with death. We usually use it when talking about birth. Something good comes out of contraction, such as the birth of a child. That is something for everyone to celebrate.
Baseball, spring and new birth all go together. Each one is celebrated, each one is eagerly anticipated, each one is longed for after a lengthy barren winter season. Our celebration of Easter also fits into this anticipation and celebration. Our yearly celebration of Easter reminds us of the awesome power of God to resurrect life from death. The season of Lent, where we prepare for this easter event, is behind us. The glory of Christ's resurrection is with us. So now what do we do?
Opening day of baseball is like Easter Sunday. The multitudes gather, the house is packed, all the special events are planned, and people are excited. The Twins have sold out the Metrodome for opening day this Friday. Even the Expos had 40,000 fans show up to "worship" on their opening day. But the attendance drops off dramatically after that first day. The Expos drew crowds of 4,000 to 3,000 the next two games. Does your attendance in church drop off dramatically after opening easter worship?
All around us, things are waking up, turning green, sprouting leaves and showing new birth. Rouse yourself from your winter sleep and join your local house of worship to celebrate God's victory over death and the cross. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!