The Source of Peace

Apr. 2, 2013

John 20:19-2

It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, Jesus came and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

It is Easter night. The disciples are holed up in the Upper Room, still scared for their lives. They are afraid to go out, anticipating that if they do, maybe they will be arrested and put to death like their good friend Jesus was. Peter and John left briefly to go to the tomb. But they quickly returned, not quite what to make of the empty tomb.

It is now evening. We’re not told how Jesus appeared in the room with them; just that he did. He stood amongst them, waiting for the disciples to take in the full weight that he was alive! For confirmation that it really was him, Jesus shows them his pierced side and his hands where the nails went through.

Listen to his first words: “Peace be with you.” Jesus knows they aren’t going to be terribly comfortable with his presence. They could get scared and crazy quickly. To prevent this, he begins by offering them peace.

These words must have been joy to the disciple’s ears. Peace! Who doesn’t want peace? After several tumultuous days, we can only imagine how the disciples desired for peace. And this is what Jesus gives them first. He knew exactly what they needed.

When life is complicated and overfull, do we not want peace? In the last several months of school shootings, church shootings, movie theater shootings and home shootings, doesn’t peace sound too good to be true? If I were a Sandy Hook survivor, a member of the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee or at the movies the night 16 people were killed at the Century 16 Movie Theater in Colorado, peace would seem hard to imagine.

Peace can be found in this world today: in the loving arms of Jesus. Jesus extends peace to us every day. His words were not only for the disciples; they are for us today. We choose whether to hear them.

Too often, peace seems so elusive. We search for it in so many places rather than from the One who can bring us peace. Quiet our souls this day. Surround us with a shroud of peace. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

What Song Does Your Heart Sing?

Apr. 1, 2013

Luke 24:1-3

Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.

Awhile back, someone shared this video with me. Please take two minutes and watch it, called, “Stethoscope.”

As we watched it during Midland’s worship yesterday, there were a variety of chuckles, especially when the “Who Let the Dogs Out” and “Bad to the Bone” songs played.

Then I asked the question and ask you the same question today. So, if I held a stethoscope up to your heart, what song would I hear play? If you consider yourself an Easter person, would it be “Hallujulah” or another Easter song? Or would it be something completely different.

Rick thought he was quite creative yesterday afternoon when he proclaimed that if a stethoscope was held up to my 15-year-old nephew, Zach, we would hear “I’m Too Sexy.” It got a chuckle or maybe more of a groan.

Before we move back to the normal programming of life, let’s linger at the empty tomb a bit longer and really ponder what kind of song our heart sings.

It’s easy to be an Easter person for one day. But truly, how does our heart sing daily? Does our daily actions portray our life in you? Challenge us to sing for you not just on Easter but every day. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne