Tuesday, April 22
Daily Office: Isaiah 30:18-21 ¨ Psalm 103 ¨ Acts 2:36-41 ¨ John 14:15-31
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”
— Psalm 103:1
What an exciting time of year! The azaleas are blooming, the sun is shining, and it is Easter time. Growing up, I always found it difficult to reconcile the two Easters. There was the Easter of plastic egg hunts and baked ham, dress clothes and chocolate bunnies. Then there was the other Easter I saw for that blip of a service on Sunday morning; the cross, the tomb with the rolled-away stone, the sense of shock and excitement.
All these years I thought there was some big, complex story I was missing out on, but I see now that it’s not a secret to be let in on. It’s simply a celebration, and there is power in the simplest of verses, the kind that can be easily remembered, repeated, and internalized. The opening line of Psalm 103 practically quivers with the excitement that this season brings. It crystallizes what I’m trying to make an everyday practice: quivering with excitement, all my inmost being praising his holy name, shining from the inside out. Christ is risen, y’all. Happy Easter.
- Megan Schneider
Megan Schneider has attended St. Stephens for about 10 months. She switches back and forth between the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. She is on the leadership team for Kadosh Adult Formation, and she is a part of the starting group exploring Word and Table.