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Thoughts and Happenings

Easter Day - April 21, 2019

Posted by The Rev. Lex Breckinridge on

Luke 24:10-11. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

We spend a lot of time looking for Jesus in all the wrong places: in church councils where there are great debates over obscure theological issues, or in arguments over doctrines and dogma, or even—dare I say it—on Sunday morning in church. A great paradox of our faith is that often where we would expect, or even demand, to find Jesus, he seems to be elusive. Where we least expect to find him, well, that’s when he is liable to show up. In the midst of every day life. We spend a lot of time looking for Jesus in all the wrong places: in church councils where there are great debates over obscure theological issues, or in arguments over doctrines and dogma, or even—dare I say it—on Sunday morning in church. A great paradox of our faith is that often where we would expect, or even demand, to find Jesus, he seems to be elusive. Where we least expect to find him, well, that’s when he is liable to show up. In the midst of every day life. 

On this Easter morning, I share with you something from the great preacher and writer, Frederick Buechner about looking for Jesus where we might actually find him: 

“But if we look with our hearts, if we listen with all of our being and our imagination —if we live our lives not from vacation to vacation, from escape to escape, but from the miracle of one instant of our precious lives to the miracle of the next—what we may see is Jesus himself, what we may hear is the first faint sound of a voice somewhere deep within us saying that there is a purpose in this life, in our lives, whether we can understand it completely or not; and that this purpose follows behind us through all our doubting and being afraid, through all our indifference and boredom, to a moment when suddenly we know for sure that everything does make sense because everything is in the hands of God, one of whose names is forgiveness, another is love. This is what the stories about Jesus’ coming back to life mean, because Jesus was the love of God, alive among us, and not all the cruelty and blindness of men could kill him.”

Easter Joy to you and all those you love. He is Risen!

— Lex

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