Sunday, 12 April 2020

28 - Between fear and joy

Devotions from the Gospel of Matthew: Matthew 28:8-10: “Death ...
It struck me today how close together the emotions of 'fear' and 'joy' are. For Mary and the disciples this was their reality on that first Easter experience:

"...afraid yet filled with joy"

There is so much to ponder in these 5 words....
It is fear that brings us to our knees and leaves us tempted to run away. 
It is fear that drives away our hope and dreams.
Fear builds and builds until we find ourselves entrapped in our darkest moments.
Fear threatens to dissolve all of our will to live. 

And yet...
In one historic moment all of our fears are surrounded by a Voice. 
And as that Voice speaks, it says: Don't let this fear overwhelm you.

"Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." (Matthew 28:5-6)

As the chains of fear crumble around our feet, we comprehend a liberation like no other. The Voice catches us by surprise and the darkness of fear, which once threatened to crush the living breath out of our souls, is replaced with a brilliant Light. 

Light gives birth to sight.
Sight reveals an empty tomb.
And the open grave echoes with Joy.

"May the Joy of Christ's Resurrection transform your fear into indescribable peace and hope."

Living in Grace

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