Well, here we are. Five days into the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. What have I gotten in to?! So far, I have found this a very spiritually uplifting and challenging exercise. Thank you for the many kind notes and encouraging comments, too. It’s nice to have cheerleaders following along and providing a daily dose of Vitamin Pep. Let’s hope I can continue finding inspiration until the last letter of the Z-post has been typed and published.Â
When I contemplated jumping into the challenge, I wanted to do so only if I could share stories of conversion and transformation, healing and resurrection, joy, hope, the presence of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. So much negative stuffÂ circulatingÂ about the blogosphere, especially inÂ ChristianÂ circles, I felt called to the challenge if only to stayÂ intentionallyÂ focusedÂ on the reality and POWER of theÂ Resurrection during this Easter season.
As I prayed for letter-E inspiration, I couldn’t get beyond one story that has touched a great number ofÂ people, one that embodies conversion and transformation, healing andÂ resurrection, joy and hope.Â After Ezra: An Easter StoryÂ tells the story of Ryan and Anu Galloway and their baby boy Ezra. It was the front-page, lead story of the Des Moines Register on Easter Sunday. I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen such a pro-Catholic story get front page billing.Â It has gone somewhat viral outside the Des Moines area, but on theÂ off-chanceÂ you haven’t yet read it, give yourself a few minutes this weekend to soak it all in. Might be the best thing you read today, if not all year.
After Ezra reminds us that in a truly Christian worldview,Â theÂ Resurrection is theÂ final wordÂ on suffering, sin,Â tragedy,Â and loss. Thank you, Des Moines Register andÂ journalistÂ Mike Klein, a job well done! And Ryan and Anu, thank you for your witness. Welcome Home!