Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

These joyous words began and ended our Easter Sunday worship today and will continue to be used each of the seven Sundays of Easter. They remind us that our Lord, who once was dead, has come to life – and not only 2000 years ago, but each and every day within us. At our baptism, we were publicly acknowledged as children of God, and if children, then heirs with Christ of the immortal joys that living in the presence of God will bring. So, what difference does this good news make in our everyday lives?

Some days it’s harder to be joyful than others. When everything in life seems to be conspiring against us, we despair; and it’s then that we might even build a barrier between us and our Lord. Oh, we don’t consciously do so, of course. But our very negativity can get in the way of God’s Holy Spirit reaching out to us to bring us comfort and peace. At times like these, we forget to take the time to breathe in the Spirit, to quietly wait to hear God’s voice speaking to us.  These words of love might come to us through reading Scripture or other inspirational writing. They might come from the intentional or unintentional words of a coworker or family member, from a store clerk or even non-verbally in the flickering of a candle.

When there is a chink in that barrier that we unconsciously built, when we are ready to hear it, God’s voice will speak to us. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection will remind us of the lengths God will go to to prove how much we are loved. God’s Holy Spirit will embrace us, renewing in us the peace that passes all understanding. And we can once again be restored to wholeness.

So, in this busy world, remember this advice: “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) And with all the saints proclaim, Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

~~~Transition Pastor Linda Kraft