May Pastor’s Pen

Do you ever look ahead, excited at the prospect at what’s going to happen in the next few days or weeks or months? Or maybe just looking forward to being relieved that something will have happened and be over with?? When I look ahead to the end of May, there is the excitement of things that will hopefully have changed. Graduation – though I’m still waiting on the final approval. Having a couple of bills disappear – though that hasn’t officially happened yet. Getting closer to the trip to Scotland – though people still have two months (July 4th!) to decide if they’re going. Good things are coming – though you may have already noticed that every good thing coming I then followed with though. But. If. Here we are in the season of Easter. For the great 50 days between Easter Day and Pentecost, we follow the penitential season of Lent with the joyful season of Easter. Christ is Risen! The tomb is empty! Alleluia! Isn’t life perfect and wonderful in every way?! YES, we say…and then we add a but… Christ is alive!!! But I still don’t know what I’m going to do about my family member. Christ is Risen!!! But I’m terrified about my health. Christ is coming again!!! But how am I going to pay this bill? One of my favorite sayings of Jesus is, “Do not worry about tomorrow. Today’s troubles are enough for today.” When it comes to living this, I admit that I am a work in progress! Remember what I say, I am not just a worrier, I am a professional worrier! But I do try to live into this. The goal is really very simple: Live today with Jesus, sharing absolutely everything with him. Your hopes, your joys, your fears, your doubts, your worries, your celebrations. Jesus sent the disciples out two by two, knowing that we need one another. But Jesus is also with us in every moment. Sometimes it can be hard to feel, but the reality is that we are never alone. Jesus is with us, with me, here and now. Always. I am writing this on a Saturday morning. By Monday afternoon, everything I am worrying about will be over and done with. I know this. Still…I woke up in the middle of the night almost in a panic about getting everything done. But through the grace of God – and I mean that! – I was able to take some deep breaths, settle into God’s presence (lean on those everlasting arms), and make it back to sleep. Jesus…loves…you. Jesus went to the cross for you. Jesus came out of the tomb for you. Not one of our worries and fears that can drive us into such a tizzy, or even all of them put together, is ever going to change that love. Jesus is with you, now. And always will be. Today’s troubles are certainly enough for today! But we do not ever have to face them alone. Remember what Charles Wesley wrote in his great Easter hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today: Soar we now where Christ has led, Following our exalted head. Made like him, like him we rise – Ours the cross, the grave, the skies! Happy Easter! He is Risen! The Tomb is forever empty! Alleluia!

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