A new day. This is a new day! This is a very good new day!
Consider for a moment, the new job. A new job comes about due to all sorts of reasons. It may be that it’s your very first job out in the real world. It may be that your old company closed down or downsized and your exact position was dissolved. It may be that you were tired of the old job or just ready to move on to something new. It may be that the job was only temporary to begin with. All those feelings about leaving, or about the circumstances of your leaving, or the words you shared when you gave your notice, have probably been replayed in your mind over and over again. You may feel abandoned, relieved, rejected, lost, worthless, fearful, invigorated, confused, or maybe even grieving the loss of your previous work relationships. All these things occur before that new day on a new job.
A new job brings working in a new space with new people and new ideas. If you’ve moved on from a previous work environment, your eyes and thoughts will be fully aware of the newness around you. You’ll need to organize your new work space and live into this new day. All the information you’ve heard and processed about this new place is now being realized and lived out. This is a new day, indeed.
We meet this Easter morning knowing this is a very new day. We can recall that this was a very new day for all of those who followed Jesus and who knew Jesus. It was also a new day for those who heard about Jesus and what he did and what he was. It’s a new day because of God’s love for us. It’s God’s design and God’s plan. It’s a new day for each and every one of us. No matter what your previous days have been, this is a new day.
After Mary’s visit to the empty tomb and the presence of Jesus surrounding her, Mary stormed out of that place sharing the God News, the good news, with others. May this Easter day, and every new day given to you, be lived out sharing the God news with others. May you receive the Easter blessing God gives to each of us!
20:1 Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. 2 She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, “They took the Master from the tomb. We don’t know where they’ve put him.”
3 Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. 4 They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. 5 Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6 Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. 9 No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. 10 The disciples then went back home.
11 But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?”
“They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” 14 After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t recognize him.
15 Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?”
She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, “Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.”
16 Jesus said, “Mary.”
Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!”
17 Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: “I saw the Master!” And she told them everything he said to her.
Notice the variety of reactions the disciples and Mary had when they found the empty tomb. What is for sure is that Jesus is gone. There were angels and tears and disbelief and doubts. It was Mary who took the news out to the disciples and the news continued to spread.
Would you say that your current Easter experience is a day filled with sharing the God news with others? Is your current Easter day more about food and family and new clothes and traditions than anything else? What experiences and new opportunities will come to you in this new day, and each new day? How will you share the God news in the moments set before you today? Have a Day!
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you how this day is different from yesterday
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Matt & Megan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Dee, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall
Prayer: We love you, O God, and we thank you for this Easter Day. With each day and each moment you give, guide us to share the words of this awesome gift of love you have given us thru the birth, life, death, and resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen
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