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After Easter: routine or renewal?

Columnist Robert Hayes Jr. urges people to live out the new hope of Easter instead of returning to their normal routine.
BY ROBERT HAYES JR. Published: May 5, 2012
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Behind locked doors, the disciples gathered. Imagine their amazed faces as Jesus came to them through those locked doors. And instead of scolding them for hiding, Jesus' very first words were “Peace be with you.” So much for going back to normal.

Returning to 2012, on the surface, not a lot has changed since Easter Sunday. Lives continue in their routine ways, and we let the excitement of the season run its course.

And yet the risen Savior has managed once again to enter into locked homes, barricaded churches and closed hearts of society today. He again has transformed a faithful few. Jesus convinces us that we can make a difference in this world if we allow the Easter spirit to dwell in us.

He comes to each of us now and speaks to us personally. With that hope, can your life ever go back to being the same as it was before you knew Him? I know I can never go back to what once seemed normal, and I pray that you can't either.

Robert Hayes Jr. is bishop of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference and the Indian Missionary Conference.