“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He [Jesus] is not here, but has risen.”
As much as we might have intended to put ourselves into the Biblical story and journey with Jesus to the cross, it is not possible. We could never have the same experience as the disciples because we know something the disciples did not know, we know how it will end. The same is true for our own lives; our experience of life is not the same as others who are not Christians because we know the ending. No matter how much heartache and how many times we are in a valley, there is always the good news that no matter what happens to us, there is the goodness of God.
Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), an English mystic who at the age of 30 suffered from a severe illness, believing she was on her deathbed had a series of visions of Jesus. During that time she believed God gave her the message “…All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.” I believe, as Julian, as heartbreaking as life can be at times, all is well when we keep our lives open to the ever-flowing love of God! And when we can not manage to keep our lives open to God’s love, we can lean upon others in our community of faith who are open to God’s love at that particular time.
As I have journeyed through this season of Lent, I am reminded that there are many people in our church who I can depend upon when I walk through the valleys, just as Jesus depended upon the faithful around him. Thank you to everyone who wrote a devotional this year. Thank you to all those who teach, who witness, who take the risk to open your lives to others to share the good news that God loves each and every person and that Jesus was faithful even to the cross so that we might all experience resurrection. I can say today, on Easter Sunday, “It is well with my soul.” I hope the same is true for you. After all, Christ the Lord is Risen; He is risen, indeed!
Rev. Brenda Adkins
Prayer: Gracious God, Thank you for your love and the opportunity to serve with others who love you. May we be the people you call us to be and grow more in the likeness of Christ each day. May we experience transformation and resurrection so the world might experience the same. Amen.