27 March 2016

An Easter Message

From Danny

Hello all! Mara and I just wrapped up 3 weeks of work in the U.S. - traveling to Brooklyn, Vegas, and Salt Lake City to host events on Saturdays, and working with our creative team in the middle of it all. It's been amazing. Thank you to those wonderful people we spent each Saturday with, Mara and I can't stop smiling.

We arranged our work travels so we could spend Easter Sunday with some family, and this morning at church I heard someone focusing on the statement "He Lives" as applied to the resurrected Christ, and I started writing down some thoughts that I figured I'd share with the rest of you. Hope you enjoy.
It's unfortunate that the statement "He Lives" is something we primarily associate with the resurrection. It's as if the primary focus is on going from an inanimate state of being of the physical body, to an animated state of being as a resurrected body. 
Such a focus ignores that "He Lives" applies to every moment of Jesus's ministry. His capacity to "Live" was not a function of possessing a body or not, it was a function of the light, love, peace, serenity, mercy, and compassion that he brought to every interaction, every human being, every moment. 
Not only does He "Live" by being fully connected to God and living in the light and glory of his Father, but he promises you that YOU can live as well, by walking in His Way and pattern of living. And he's not just talking about some future moment when body and spirit will be reconnected, he's speaking of a tangible quality of life, lived in the here-now, and not the there-then.

The early christians were not called "christian", but "followers of the way". And what "way" is that? A radical kind of love explained in the Sermon on the Mount and exemplified in every moment after. Walking in that Love allows one to Live. To see Light even in darkness, to experience Peace in times of turmoil, to be full of Forgiveness in moments of betrayal.

"He Lives" should not be a statement only of his post-resurrection state, but of the quality of his every moment, which is a quality he calls you to, and promises that by so doing, you, too, can "Live".

In this way, the burden is light, the yoke is easy. Because to Love is to Live.  
In sharing this with you, I hope no one thinks that I'm only speaking to people who have a religious belief in Jesus. Though that forms a significant part of my world view, I also know that the Life that comes through Love is universal, and available to all. I truly hope that you find a little more of that "Life" in your day to day, and that this blog serves as a source to learn about that kind of Love. 

Much love to you all, as you seek to Live.



  1. Danny you are an amazing writer! Thanks for sharing, so beautifully, the feelings of my heart. I actually posted "He lives" on my FB page today, knowing full well that it was so much more than those simple words, but not knowing how to convey it.
    Living in and through Christ's love is transformative on every level, and the only way to live. Thanks to you and Mara for teaching me this.
    Happy Easter!

  2. Today at church was kind of confusing to me because the entire focus was on the empty tomb and resurrection and Jesus dying for us and sacrificing so that we could gain eternal life. The thing is, Jesus Christ has made all the difference for me in my life. He has taught me how to live, how to find peace in any circumstance, even how to die. He has taught me how to find the Divine through my daily actions and interactions. But I don't know about the literal stuff like exactly what happens after we die or who exactly God is. To me, God is love. That is enough for me. I don't think my life is void of meaning simply because I'm not sure what happens after this life,but that was implied many times today at church. I almost wanted to get up to the podium to defend myself and say that I find meaning when I feel God, when I feel love toward a stranger, a friend, my family, when I act with love. I find meaning in giving of myself to help my ailing father or pick up the disabled woman I know who needs to go get groceries. I find meaning here in this life. I trust that good things will come, but I don't expect to know what they are or who exactly God is. Those things are not actually that important to my daily walk. I guess I just want to sincerely say thank you. Your message is one I wish I heard in my own religious community this morning. I value the community, I love the people like they are family, but sometimes my lack of literalism makes me wonder if I'm fooling myself by thinking I belong.

    1. Love this comment. I don't think your life is void either for not taking some deeply literal interpretation, and that's too bad that so many of our religious/church interactions can mirror the very pharisees that opposed Jesus.

      I suppose sometimes the question is what is it that we are trying to belong to anyway? I too love participating in a community of believers, but if forced to choose, I'd take the private and personal experience of Godliness lived in a life of love over the forms and structures of religion.

      In my opinion, if we can't find meaning in the here-now, why would we think we'll find it later? The challenge is to learn how to truly live in this life. Sounds like you're up for that challenge.

  3. Wow, beautiful and insightful. Thanks Danny.

  4. I totally agree with you, Danny... He Lives all the time and so should we!

  5. So good, so loving. Thanks!
    And going off of a comment above, I just realized that feeling connected to God is so powerful and kind of a different knowing than what you think a divinity is exactly like.
    Thanks again! :D

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  7. I loved your insightful take on He Lives and how WE can also live each day. Thanks for sharing, Danny!

  8. I want to respectfully say that I feel that the emphasis, on Easter in particular, of BOTH your message of highlighting the radical love of Jesus' daily walk and the speaker's message of highlighting Jesus life after raising His own body to Life are intertwined and essential. I agree that more within the Christian religion and without need to start or improve attentiveness to moment-to-moment loving in order to live. But also, as a Christian, the hinge-point of the whole atoning sacrifice (composed of such pillars as living perfectly, suffering for all imperfections even unto death, and laying down a life voluntarily) was for sure the moment of the empty tomb. Otherwise, with all the good, love, mercy, peace and presence in a mortal life--His mortal life--as wonderful as it was, death would have been the period of that Sentence, instead of a semi-colon or other punctuation that meant more was to come. In the whole of eternity, the physical, mortal part is but a small slice. On Christmas, I rejoice He was born, so the Way could be shown to me. But on Easter, I do rejoice in the message that He Lives post-mortally. It's a message of transferring all you mentioned into an eternal realm that will never be again touched by death or cessation. And then I show amen to your thoughts and His Way by putting my gratitude and whole-souled devotion of these gifts into my daily walk of love for self and neighbor, knowing the consequences of doing so are sure to be fruitful here and now (relevant, present) AND there and then (relevant, future).

    Thank you for a thoughtful comment that exercised my insight on my own beliefs and religious holiday devotions.

    1. Been traveling, but wanted to say thanks for the insightful comment. I definitely agree, and didn't intend to take away that focus. My comment arises more because there is tons of focus in my church on the kinds of things you discussed, and much less focus on what I wrote about, and it makes me a little sad sometimes.

      So many praise what they say Jesus did for them....but somehow manage not to turn that into a here-now experience, almost nullifying the desired intent of that John 17 prayer. There is so much more than what many regular church attenders experience.

    2. I am in total agreement about personal application here and now. And I can expand your last sentence to apply to life: there is so much more than what many regular livers-of-this-life experience. I give pause to this probing question: What am I missing in church and in life? I pray for eyes to see and ears to hear. I hope this weekend brings peace and answers to me as my/your church speaks on important topics. Thank you for a thoughtful conversation.

  9. We need to look at the whole picture. His birth, His life, His example, His love, His sacrifice, His death, and His victory over death. They are all precious gifts we have been given and we can rejoice in all of them!


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