Palm Sunday evening we had our church Easter cantata. The entire service was just amazing and I was blessed to be able to sing with the choir and worship through music. Half the time I was so overwhelmed with emotion, I had to lip sync and pretend because I was so choked up. My favorite part of the service (okay, ONE Of my favorite parts) was this video. It is a sermon by well-known civil rights era Baptist preacher, S.M. Lockridge. I'm not fibbing either when I tell you his initials stand for Shadrach Meshach Lockridge. Scouts honor. It's like he had no choice; he was destined to be a voice for Jesus!
Anyway, our music director used this video, which incorporates one of Lockridge's sermons and footage from The Passion of the Christ, in our cantata. I'm telling y'all...I was just awed and inspired and all of those other words I'd like to use right now, but I'm just too tired to do so.
Take a few minutes and check this out. I encourage you to spend the week in meditation and reflection on what Easter is all about. I know I'm guilty of throwing around the words "crucifixion" and "resurrection" like they are so commonplace. But if you really meditate and think about what they mean, you will be overwhelmed. I know I have been. In the Sunday school class I teach (high school seniors), we talked last Sunday about not taking the Easter story for granted. I'm going to try my best not to this year.