Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This past Sunday we had the privilege of hearing Deacon Anita share with us her reflections, feelings, and hope regarding our ability to listen to our Shepherd (Jesus) in the midst of the tragedy, heartbreak, and death. This was very appropriate considering the events over the past week.
Dn. Anita reminded us that "We hear many voices in our journey. In fact when we choose to live faithfully, we are choosing to spend our life working and fine tuning our hearing so we are able to recognize Christ's voice and follow. We are called to turn away from the voices that call us to be shallow and self centered. To turn away from the voices that speak of cruelty and hate. Our shepherd speaks the truth of community and faithfulness; our shepherd tells us that love conquers all things. Our shepherd, the good shepherd speaks to us with the assurance that he is the Way, and the Truth and the Life. The voice of hope, in the midst of the darkness that life sometimes brings our way."
Dn. Anita went on to share her hope, "My hope comes in the knowledge that our God chose to take on human form in Jesus, and because of that he knows loss, and grief and fear and disappointment. I can hear his voice in the words of sacrifice and unity in Boston, and West Texas and Newtown and other communities that have experienced great tragedy. I hear his voice in the love and support between friends and family in the face of great loss. I hear his voice in the cries of those who mourn for the tragedy of people who live hundreds of miles away in communities they have never visited. So let the church "gather crying tears that fill a million oceans" (Sweet Honey in the Rock, 2003). For we are people of the resurrection."
This Season of Easter is a time to reflect on all that Jesus has done for us and to let Jesus get into our souls, our minds, and our bodies...we are called to let Him Easter in us. Easter as a verb, not a noun. For we are a people of the Resurrection!
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
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