I confess that not every moment a pastor spends in sermon prep are spent necessarily in “spiritual thought”; In fact, this week I found my myself to begin replaying in my mind a classic song from 1977 written and performed by Jackson Browne titled “Running on Empty”. For some reason as I meditated upon the theme of “empty” for the sermon, this song kept coming to mind, and yet appropriately so. Is it not true that for so many of us, we do feel like we are ‘running on empty’ and in the constant haste and responsibility of life we find ourselves drained emotionally, physically, and spiritually; indeed, ‘running on empty”? And is it not true that in our lives we do quite often experience the burden of empty checking accounts, empty relationships, empty marriages, and even empty tanks? As such, we regularly identify “empty” as bad, and yet, in the narrative of the Resurrection we learn that empty is not “bad”, but in fact, the best news ever!
I look forward to joining all of you as we take a journey to the “Empty Tomb” and discover why the best news in all the world concerns something that is empty.