He’s Still Risen!

IMG_0362 edit.jpgWhen the four walls of the church building cradle empty silence,

and the rafters do not ring with triumphant resurrection songs…

When there are no men laughing while flipping pancakes early in the kitchen,

and there are no white lilies on the altar,

When the Easter dresses hang forgotten in the closets,

and the day’s schedule is starkly empty of plans for egg hunts or big family gatherings…

When the only choir is virtual,

and dinner is a ham bought with a mask on your face,

and it’s just you,

and a message playing on a screen…

It’s okay.IMG_0348 editBecause even when the news is ominous,

and the internet is spewing conspiracy theories,

and people with high-strung emotions are swearing their opinions and reporting their neighbors and panic-hoarding their groceries,

and politicians argue ceaselessly over bills and numbers and medical supplies,

and hospitals are putting people in tents,

and the world is reeling in fear and uncertainty,

and upholding cherished traditions of celebration are impossible or limited,

and we feel stripped of fellowship and freedom

the Church yet rejoices, collectively triumphant in spirit.

Around the world,

in our hearts,

at peace,

now especially, and all the more so,

because the essential thing that unites us has not changed—

He’s still risen!

Hallelujah!

“But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said!” (Matthew 28:5-6)

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Easter Week: Resurrection

IMG_3913 edit.jpg“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, rolled away the stone, and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards trembled in fear of him and became like dead men.

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! Come, see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.’ See, I have told you.”

So they hurried away from the tomb in fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They came to Him, grasped His feet, and worshiped Him. “Do not be afraid,” said Jesus. “Go, tell My brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see Me.” (Matthew 28: 1-10)

And all I have to say is: Hallelujah!