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April 12 Post

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” Matthew 28:16-17

It’s quiet around the church this week. The Easter flurry of activities, worship services and musical events has ended. Many of us welcomed friends and family over spring break and through the holidays, and they now trend towards home. The halls and the house have stilled. The risen Jesus left the house, and went on ahead of the disciples to Galilee, having promised Mary at the tomb that he would.

Someone remarked a day or two ago that Easter is ended. That pronouncement startled me. Christmas begins on December 25 and continues through the twelfth day to the celebration of Epiphany and onward through the baptism of Jesus. So too the season of Easter has only just begun. Eastertide culminates with the feast of Pentecost where scripture in Acts 2 tells of that day when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, empowering them to go out to all the world with Christ proclaimed.

The path forward looked more like a Family Circus cartoon than an interstate highway. There were fits, and starts, and do-overs. There were those who saw that Lord, and those who experienced Jesus face to face and yet did not know him. Some were terrified, some were angry, some doubted. All of them grieved.

After Jesus died, the disciples did what all of us do after a funeral, they went fishing. Whatever ordinary thing we do that brings us comfort as fishing did for them, is the thing we do, just to put one foot in front of one another until we can see our way clear.

So just for this week, give yourself an extra measure of permission to lay low. Jesus is going on ahead of you. Sleep. Walk the dog. Eat food. Await further instructions. Next week you can go back to changing the world for the glory of God.

Prayer: Thank you God for Eastertide, for the Sundays of Alleluias yet to come. We’ve only just tasted your good news, and we’re wanting for more. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you,

Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland

Senior Minister, The Community Church of Vero Beach, Florida

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