4/28/19 – The Anxiety and Joy of BIG Changes in our Lives

Posted on : Apr 25th, 2019 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

What do you see in the red graphic above?  For some it’s easy to see.  For others of us, it takes a while.  And some only see a mess or red ink.

I have a strong suspicion that the same holds true for the way we see or don’t see the living presence of God or Jesus in our lives today.  Some see God in everything.  Some see God occasionally.   Some never see God, even though they wish they could.

Seeing God or Jesus isn’t about physically seeing.  There are a lot of parables about Jesus healing those who are blind, but what they are mostly about is not restoring physical sight, but “seeing” the living presence of God offering us God’s healing, loving, forgiving, and inclusive love.  Those gifts of life are always present, but sometimes they are hard to see.  That’s because it’s not how we expect to see God. 

As you’ve heard me say a million times, Easter is not a day, it is a season.  It is an extended season that we celebrate for fifty days.  We do this because it takes a while to really see the meaning of resurrection in our lives.  This Sunday’s gospel is a prime example of that reality.  The disciples are hiding behind “locked doors.”  Locked doors mean a wooden beam was laid across the door so it would not open.  They were terrified that the religious authorities would find them, and they would be the next to be put to death by crucifixion.  None of this is very pleasant stuff. Then, mystically, Jesus appears to them, offering them peace to calm their terrified nerves and offering them the ability to “see” Jesus, even though it is quite clear what they saw is not the physical body of Jesus that they had previously associated with Jesus.

This whole process that we disciples go through in learning to see the living presence of God or Jesus in our lives always reminds me that change – resurrection – is almost always preceded by anxiety and fear.  It’s not until we move through the anxiety and fear that we can experience the JOY that comes from big changes in our lives.  More on that this Sunday!

Easter Blessings to you and those you love, in this second week of Easter!

Dan

John 20: 19-23

The risen Christ appears to the disciples

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Religious Authorities, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Risen Christ.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As our loving God has sent me, so I send you.”  When Jesus had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

 

 

 

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