A Message for Easter 2016

21:17 23 March in Our Story

practice-resurrectionI love the story of Jesus appearing on the road to Emmaus with two of his followers whose hearts were heavy with grief. As he walked with them, he began to open their hearts up to scripture that foretold the Messiah’s suffering and death. It was only when He took the bread and blessed and broke it that their eyes were opened to His risen presence.

In our highly divided society where we find ourselves polarized by those seeking the office of President, amidst fears both known and unknown, it is important for us to keep in mind that Jesus our risen Lord is still walking with us and making His presence known in the breaking of bread.

Eugene Peterson in his book Practice Resurrection writes:

“The practice of resurrection is not a do-it-yourself self-help project. It is God’s project and God is engaged full time in carrying it out.” Grace is everywhere.” God in Christ is actively doing for and in us everything involved in the practice of resurrection. So, what is there left for us to do? Receive. Receive the gift!”

May we, this Easter, once again recognize our Risen Lord, Jesus, walking with us – opening our hearts and minds to God’s living Word – and filling us with the hope and peace that surpasses our human understanding. Amen.

Rev. Herman R. Yoos, III

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