in the shadow of the cross in the echoes of the empty tomb in the busyness of everyday in the restlessness of the night to what does my life bear witness? some days I forget for part of the day (or the whole of it) some days I forget that my life is a living testimony to the One some days I forget that for some, mine is the face of Christ that my words are Christ’s words that my hands are Christ’s hands that my love is Christ’s love for some who know I call myself Christian some days I get it all wrong the lure of vain words and the power of lies can settle in and whisper their own deceitful truth and lead me away from all that I am created to be letting me blend into a crowd of other lost souls easily enticed with illusions and shallow promises then there are the moments when I remember I remember that I am God’s beloved I am part of the Body of Christ I embody Love I bring the Realm of God into the here and now when I remember I am God’s own heart and I breathe deeply filling myself with the Breath of Life repentance opens my eyes to see where I have not followed Christ or loved my neighbor or loved myself or been a careful steward of Creation again and again with each breath I take, forgiveness frees me to take a step in a new direction to reach out to one who seems other to find rest in my weariness to see how Creation comes alive again in this season of new life in the shadow of the cross I lift my eyes to Hope in the echoes of the empty tomb I hear the promise of life renewed in the busyness of everyday I serve in gratitude in the restlessness of the night I remember I am God’s beloved and my life is a witness to the glories of Resurection Thanks be to God. Amen.
RCl – Year B – Third Sunday of Easter – April 15, 2018
Acts 3: 12-19
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24: 36b-48