Hope. That is the central element of the Easter story. In the resurrection of Jesus we are given hope and the assurance that death cannot and will not win.
Make yourself ready then—again—to be overtaken by the magnificent good news that Jesus is alive, risen to glory.
Allow the truth of his life to take on new life within your heart.next >
Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.
Luke 24:25–27next >
Relationships. Relationships mean, well, relating to others, listening to them, trying to understand them. Relationships mean giving up doubt for trust. But, come on, right? It isn’t always easy (or possible) to just trust someone, or get them, or understand where they are coming from. It seems a little strange that these disciples get fussed at by Jesus. That’s what it reads like. Because they doubt, Jesus feels frustrated?
Aren’t we allowed to doubt? Aren’t we allowed to come to faith feeling what we really feel? Sure we are. And so were these two disciples. Just be ready to be reminded of God’s constant, consistent and ever-inviting voice in your life and in your history. We can doubt, misunderstand, not relate. But be reminded that from the beginning, God has been inviting us to be in relationship.
Gina Yeager-Buckleynext >
Oh God, you allow me to feel doubt. You allow me to need reminding of your faithfulness. God, help me take strong steps to living with my eyes open and my heart wide; help me lodge your history in my mind so I will always remember that your presence has been before me, alongside me, and indeed, goes ahead of me today. Amen.next >
Resurrection changes things—
Each and every day.
Believing makes all the difference.
Even when you have your doubts,
Jesus remains close by.
Now go to tell others about
The life-changing love Christ offers.
Gina Yeager-Buckley serves as the associate for ministries with youth, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Gina lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky, and is married to Andrew.
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