Through Believing

water dropFriday, April 10, 2015

John 20:19-31

It’s that time when the ice on the northern lakes can go out at any moment. There are signs that something is quietly happening underneath and within the ice promising that it will give way to open water once again. I am always captivated by the process and the transformation that occurs – winter letting go and the landscape enveloped with newness.

I have stood on the shorelines or paddled along them just days after ice out and have felt the gladness of new adventures waiting. If you look and listen close enough at the edges of the water you can see the very new beginnings of many things.

And so this season of Easter, with all the rising up we find in the Biblical stories, helps us to believe once again that change, real change can happen. Even the realist in us formed over the years by our necessary duties can give way to seeing ourselves and our relationships in a whole new light. The story of Thomas especially reminds us that even our most usual and pragmatic ways of seeing things can give way to a spirit lifted up toward a new vision.

In the way Jesus helped Thomas to believe, we too can trust that the Spirit still breathes in us and makes change happen. The resurrection appearances in John make some important connections with the Spirit. Among them, wherever the Spirit is present forgiveness is close at hand emerging within our reality. And if there is ever a sure indication of the old giving way to the new it’s in such moments as these.

Here is a true and joyous rising up!

If you look and listen close enough around congregational life there are wonderful and welcomed signs of growth and movement. The promise of resurrection dwells within the very experiences of worship and community – we feel the gladness of adventures just waiting to happen.

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav’n to earth come down!

- ELW 631

Pastor Randy