Moments after my grandmother died in February, my two-year-old, Mara, squeezed between people to the head of the bed, reached out to my grandma and called her, “Tootie” – a name my grandma called Mara. I didn’t even know Mara noticed what Great-Grandma called her. That
one moment encapsulated for me the great and sweeping legacy of my grandma. Her impact on the lives of others was so great even Mara noticed.
The past month has been rife with questions of legacy. Pastor Jay uses the word in his “Parting Shots” article in this newsletter. People of Faith and First consider legacy when preparing to share space and ministry and sell Faith’s building. People of Trinity feel a sense of accomplishment as they near completion of its second floor remodelling. And throughout the Old Testament lessons of Lent, the people of Israel are concerned with their legacy – what they inherit, build, and entrust to future generations.
As we near Lent’s end and turn toward Easter, the message of Jesus’ resurrection is new life. Most of the time, I think about this in personal terms – as in, “Jesus draws me and us into new life.” Yet, the events of my life and our churches’ lives – from deaths to new relationships, and from moves to remodelling – challenge me to think of new life in Christ differently. God’s gift of new life in Christ isn’t just personal. It’s also corporate. It’s a matter of legacy. As we celebrate new life in Christ, let us also take up God’s challenge to live lives and be communities that positively shape and bless the lives of others, especially those in generations yet to come.