Message from Linda
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Message from Linda

The Journey

Jesus taught a way of life and invited people into a relationship with God that was vibrant, dynamic and fruitful. Scripture is filled with passages that point to fruitful living - the kingdom of God, eternal presence, a peace that passes all understanding, abundant life. Jesus and his disciples developed fundamental spiritual practices that sustained them in God and led them to relieve the burdens that keep people from flourishing by protecting the vulnerable, embracing outcasts, healing the sick, welcoming children, caring for widows, confronting injustice and preaching the good news. They presented the gift of God’s grace to everyone.

The good news is, no matter what is going on in our lives, Jesus always seeks us.  He always comes and walks with us. Like the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, we may not recognize Jesus, but Jesus is always present. In these challenging times of the Coronavirus pandemic, some of us may feel like the two disciples of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. As they leave Jerusalem, they are very sad because they have lost hope, "They were hoping Jesus would be the one to redeem Israel (i.e. the Messiah)," but now it is the third day since he was condemned to death and was crucified... and his body has disappeared (the empty tomb). They may also be afraid of being persecuted or even crucified for having been disciples of Jesus. 
 
The pandemic is a time to come closer to Jesus and to increase our hope in Him! Jesus will give us that full life he has promised to all of us. We are Easter people in a Good Friday world. We are people of joy, people of hope and people who make Christ’s love visible in the world. Peace is the recognition that God is with us in all the seasons of life and God will provide a way for us, even when we cannot see a way ahead. Christian faith is not a destination but a journey. Christian faith is knowing that Christ never turns his back on us, but leads us on, on to life and to sharing life with others. God is still will us, still caring, still calling.

In prayer and silence, one can find that peace and rest which God wants to give each of us. For many of us, the current time of social distancing may increase our sense of anxiety, fear, hopelessness, lack of purpose in life. It may cause us to question our faith.

But this is precisely the time the love and mercy of God come through Jesus walking with us and putting us back on the road of hope. As we continue our Easter Season Journey toward Pentecost, this is also the time to pray, “Come Holy Spirit! Take away any fears we may have. Help us to find God's love in our daily lives while increasing our faith in the Risen Lord. Help us to love God and our neighbor. Help us to be God's humble servant."

Blessings and peace,
Linda Bailey, Associate Pastor

 

Last Published: May 2, 2020 8:02 PM
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