Week of: April 8, 2018
Scripture: John 20:19-31
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
(John 20:21-22, NRSV)
Holy Week has ended. The pungent, lingering scent of lilies in the church building and the colorful shrapnel of plastic Easter eggs that were found by the lawnmower bear silent testament to the months of preparation, hard work and creativity that went into each service, song, drama, and sermon of the most hectic/holy weeks of the year.
Now, it is time to take a deep breath, listen to the rhythm that your heart beats, and let Christ’s peace wash over you as it did on the disciples in the Upper Room on Easter evening. Let that peace find its echo in your weary bones.
This peace allows itself to be still for an instant — to savor the Risen One’s presence amid frazzled days full of fear, anxiety, and doubt. This peace finds a place to dwell for a moment. Where is it, beloved, that you allow this peace to settle upon you? Where is your Upper Room, where Christ can speak peace into your soul three times over? How deeply do you breathe it in?
That breath, that moment, that peace, is needed more than you can know.
Because in the very next breath, Christ sends us forth again, buoyed by the fiery Spirit.
May Christ’s peace be with us. Amen.
Central Texas Annual Conference