Writing this post today marks a step forwards towards a new normal. In February, my grandfather lost his eighteen-month battle with brain cancer. I am still trying to process the gift of walking so closely with him through his journey and at the same time tending to the grief of losing him. It is only today, after almost two months of losing him that my hands find their way back to the keyboard, and there is a comfort and familiarity to once again be writing these weekly reflections.
I can think of no better time to begin writing again than during this first week of Easter. We are only beginning to lean into the Resurrection readings, while the Lenten season and Good Friday are still fresh on our minds. The readings of the disciples holding the sadness of their loss and unsure about what in the world the Resurrection means speaks straight to my heart.
It is times like the disciples faced after Jesus’ death and in the early days of Jesus’ Resurrection that I find it is helpful to remember and savor the promises of God. To be truthful, on any given day, I think it is beneficial for all of us to remember the beautiful gift of what it means to have a relationship with God.
And that’s what our next series is going to do. In our series, The Promises of God, we are going to take a close look at the promises of God, which to me is the good news of our faith. My hope is that as we journey through this next series we are reminded of these promises in our own life. My prayer is that as we remember the good news of our faith we feel impelled to share the good news with others just as Jesus invited his disciples to go forth and do.
May the joy of the Easter season seep into your life this week!
- Luke 24:13-35 // The Road to Emmaus
- Luke 24:36-49 // The Appearance to the Disciples
- John 20:11-18 // The Appearance to Mary Magdala
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