Yard Work! I’m not very good at getting things to grow but I do enjoy playing in the dirt especially in the spring. Every spring creates a new opportunity to do something new. In my landscape beds, I begin by cleaning out all of last year’s growth that is now overgrown or has died. It usually takes a while – bringing out the electric shears, the weed eater and even a shovel. All the trash of last year’s joy then has to be hauled away. Plants that have gotten too large or that died during the winter have to be replaced. Then a little fertilizer brings the project near to completion.
Then one more task remains. Mulch! I like mulch. It covers up everything that you don’t want to be seen. Just pile it higher and deeper. Once it is completed, it gives your yards a completed finished look that lets all the color of the landscape stand out.
As I was getting our landscape beds ready for mulch this year, I was thinking about how mulch just covers everything that you want it to cover – much like what Jesus did on Good Friday when his death “covers” all our mistakes and shortcoming.” His covering of our sins, gives our life that “completion” that it needs to bring meaning and purpose to our lives. And unlike mulch we don’t have to replace it every year or even have to weed it every now and then that you do after you put your mulch down. God’s covering of our sins is complete!
Come celebrate Resurrection Sunday, as Christ has covered our sins and has brought completeness to our lives.
He is Risen. He is Risen Indeed!
Dr. Rich Lloyd
A follower of Jesus Christ. Husband to Debbie since 1980. Father to Logan, Kelsey and Jordan. Since 2000 the Pastor of the First Baptist Church Newport, Newport, Tennessee nestled in the great Smoky Mountains. A graduate of Samford University (BA '79) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv '83, ThM '85 and PhD '91). A third generation Southern Baptist minister. A serious Peyton Manning and Atlanta Braves fan!