“Some of the gestures clergy have pointed out as most meaningful also reflect the particular challenges they face.”
“There is a holy reckoning unfolding before us in the church.”
And the soldiers—the protectors of civil order— decide to bury the truth. They take their bribe and the promise of protection from Pilate’s wrath, and they toe the party line. They protect the power of a broken world.But the women—the ones with little influence, the ones who are least likely to be believed—they run from the empty tomb with great joy. It is only as they are obedient to the angel’s command that Jesus himself appears to them.
Jesus drew her out, asked her to tell her story. To speak words aloud, to share them with the crowd, to scatter her words like seeds.
When Joseph has the opportunity to look back over all he had been through, his summary comment was, “God meant it for good.”
Note from the Editor: Today's post comes from guest contributor John Turner, a United Methodist worship leader and spouse of Managing Editor Elizabeth Glass…
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