Easter Sunday, April 5

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 Jews, 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 Lord. (John 20:19-20)

A pastor from my childhood once said that fear was the opposite of nearly anything good - the opposite of faith, hope, and love. Is there anything that has you afraid today?

The whole world of the disciples was turned upside down with Jesus's death and resurrection. What would it be like to follow a resurrected Lord? Risk, reward, it was all mysterious and yet Jesus met them at the place of their fears and offered them precisely what they needed to trust - not answers for every question but presence, the presence of Christ himself, in the midst of their fears. It is the life of Christ itself that gives hope and joy in the midst of our lives. Thanks be to God.

Lord Jesus, come alive in us. Calm our fears and meet us where we need you most. Come alive in us today so that we may more perfectly love you and love our neighbor. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Tommy Williams - friend, husband, father