Good Friday Believer!
Preparations to celebrate the Risen Christ are underway. Sheets cleaned, salads and pies readied. Eggs colored. Yard work finished. Everything delicious and spectacular awaits.
Have you ever noticed, though, the moments that come in the down time – the moments we hope will last forever come when we least expect them … Sitting around a table of dirty dishes, lying on the floor later – with loved ones doing their thing all around, sharing old family stories, creating new, and listening to each others adventures. The gift of attention and love flowing freely.
Jesus, appearing in person to the twelve after he arose – a least expected moment, a capstone moment. No one wanted it to end. No distractions. Solely centered on the King of the Universe. The gift of attention and love flowing freely within their tribe.
Bring Him along, into your gift of being present with your people – place your hand into His scarred one, and adore Him with them.
I have goose bumps at the thought –
‘In the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were ⌊gathered together⌋ with the doors locked because of their fear of the Jews. Then Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you! ” Having said this, He showed them His hands and His side. So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (John 20:19, 20 HCSB)