April 15, 2018
Third Sunday of Easter
Being Open to Joy
Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
The garage doors had been inoperable for months, mostly because I was convinced it would be an expensive repair. A handyman, here on another job, snapped a part into place, pushed a button--done.
I was both joyful and shamed because of the easy fix. I was elated at the simplicity and zero cost, but a little embarrassed that I'd not understood that the situation wasn't really that complicated after all.
I think about the distance between my own weakness and God's promises. It seems like a pretty big space. But during the Easter season, I'm reminded that bridging the gap might not be as fraught with problems as I'm tempted to imagine. I hear Jesus' words, and yes, I'm a little abashed about what I've been blind to, what I've resisted. But more importantly, I'm filled with joy, assured of his presence.
Risen Lord, in you I find peace.
- Amy Welborn
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19|Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9|1 John 2:1-5|Luke 24:35-48