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Exercising Christian stewardship has been demanding these many months as the COVID-19 pandemic turned our world upside down. We were challenged in our ability to be present to others and express gratefulness for the abundance of God’s gifts. Yet, with Easter, there is a restored sense of gratitude and hope. Easter blessings!

We can be grateful for the myriad acts of kindness and immense generosity we witnessed. Kindness, as Saint Paul suggested, gives us hope in the resilience of the human spirit. Embracing hope allows us to emulate the kindness of those who are a light in these dark times. Let us be grateful for God’s loving presence in our struggle to overcome any anxieties we may have felt about our basic needs being met. Let us be agents of hope for those who continue to suffer and fear they will not be able to sustain themselves or their families.

Let us remember with gratitude our experience of the cross of Jesus Christ, and the power of that cross to transform our daily lives. Good stewards recognize the hope Christ brings through the gift of his cross. Stewards profess the cross is their only hope. As we begin the Easter season, let us look back with gratitude and forward with hope. May we continue to experience the joy of new life in the risen Lord.

Alleluia! He is risen!