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Alleluia! Christ is risen!

What does Easter mean to you?

What Good News can you model for others, in words or actions?

How will you embody the risen Christ in this season of joy?

How will you live into the spirit of “Alleluia?”

God’s love for you is boundless, endless, and unconditional. Alleluia!

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Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.”

John 20:21-23

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Sometimes we take the Golden Rule – treat others the way you would like to be treated – for granted. Jesus brought peace to the disciples and sent them to bring peace to others. He also taught them about the nature of forgiveness; we can’t wait for others to “earn” our forgiveness but are called to forgive as an act of love and healing. A good friend of mine says it this way, “forgiveness is about the forgiver.”

Forgiveness is HARD. Sometimes we are so angry at those who have hurt us that we feel like we can never forgive them. But in the same way that God forgives us when we make mistakes and hurt others whether or not we “deserve” it, the Holy Spirit invites us to renew our relationships with others by forgiving them. In this Easter season, how can you model love and light and forgiveness?

Heidi J. Kim

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Pray

Loving God, let the Holy Spirit fill me with grace so that I can be a source of peace, compassion, and forgiveness. Thank you for forgiving me when I stumble, and help me to remember to forgive others when they do the same. Amen.

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Alleluia! Christ is risen!

You are beloved.

You are a peace bearer.

You are a light in the world for others.

God’s love for you is boundless, endless, and unconditional. Alleluia!

Heidi J. Kim

Heidi J. Kim currently serves The Episcopal Church as the Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation, and will be the Director of the Melrose Family Center for Servant Leadership at the Breck School in Minneapolis as of July 1. She is looking forward to returning to the educational field and working with PK-12th grade students.

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