Back to Easter.
It's going to happen, Jesus will rise, the angels will sing, the stone will be rolled, the gardener will speak Mary's name, the disciples will be perplexed.
It just isn't going to look like anything we've ever experienced before. Isn't that kind of the point of Easter? The resurrection of the Lord was something the world had never experienced before. This year, we will probably celebrate Easter twice! Once on April 12th, from our home and online, and again once we're safely able to worship in-person. Because Easter is about the return to LIFE - and in the Church, a return to in-person gatherings will be a huge breath of LIFE!
In the coming weeks, we will experience perhaps some of the feelings of the disciples, who after the crucifixion were shuttered up in hiding; sheltering in place, as it were.
The first news of resurrection came to them when they were socially-distanced. I can't help but consider parallels for Christians today. What news of new life and God's goodness are we awaiting? In the meantime, focus on God's presence with you, even in the valleys, wilderness, and "tombs" we face. God is good. God is with you in comfort and assurance of hope.
Peace be the Journey,
-Rev. Andy Beck