North Highland United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

April 2016

Easter Life
It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you”. John 20:19 Common English Trans
Most of us put at least a fair amount of energy and time into plans for Easter celebrations, both at home and in the church. Perhaps because we are calendar-driven people, it is easy to think of Easter as “a day” or at most a weekend. We make our plans, proceed with the celebration, and pretty much head back into life as we know it. When considering Easter in the life of the church, it is a season of 50 days which lasts until Pentecost when we celebrate the “birthday” of the church—this year on May 15.
Yet as seekers and followers of the Risen Christ, we are invited to go even further, and view Easter as not a day, weekend or even a season—but as a way of life—living as Easter people! Living as those who fully embrace and respond in the ways of living in God’s Kingdom which Jesus came to reveal.
With summer on the horizon, schedules more free and winter weather driving concerns gone, we are likely beginning to think about summer travel, as well as who are traveling companions will be. A devotion by Bishop Reuben Job speaks of a travel companion that fits a theme of Easter living. He says: The Risen Christ is with us and therefore we need not fear the events of this day or any day that lies in our future. We know that each day will be lived in companionship with the only One who is able to rescue, redeem, save, keep, and companion us through every experience of this life and the next. This realization does not take away the pain or uncertainty that life holds. But it does give us strength, wisdom, guidance, and most of all, a Companion to travel through each of these experiences with us.
We live in a day when we are encouraged to fear, to lash out, to retaliate, and to shout rather than listen. How might our life travels transform if we choose Christ as a travel companion. Might remembering his presence move us in a wise and compassionate direction? As we make hopeful plans for travel in the coming months, may we also be mindful of the gift of the presence and companionship of spirit of the Risen Christ.
May our life be full in Christ’s name; and may we travel gently through our world.
Peace be with you,
Pastor Lou