THE AFTERMATH | It’s Still Easter

It’s Still Easter
 
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
 
In a pandemic world, many of us are afraid; we are afraid for our finances; we are afraid for our health. Some of are even afraid of their neighbors.  A recent phenomenon has occurred that is not reported on as much as the toilet paper crisis. It is the gun and ammunition crisis. Gun shop owners are also with empty shelves. People are purchasing them out of fear. 
 
I am not an anti-gun advocate. Many of you reading this are aware that I own several guns. I inherited them from my grandfather and father and also purchased one for my son.  Growing up out on the farm, guns were part of life. We used our guns for hunting and sport target practice. We used them to kill wild animals that would attack our sheep or cattle. They were not purchased out of fear of our neighbors. Yet in today’s world some are purchasing weapons out of fear.
 
Jesus understood fear and that is why he reminded his followers that love can overcome fear.  Our last words when we say goodbye to someone matter.  We tend to remember a final phrase more than anything else.  Jesus wanted his disciples to be assured he wasn’t leaving for good, and that they did not need to be afraid because He would remain with them in Spirit, even though his body was returning to heaven to be with His Father. Jesus wanted to reassure them that they were not alone. He would journey with them to the very end of their lives until they would join Him, together in heaven. 
 
We have this same opportunity to accept the words of Jesus and remember we do not need to be afraid. We need not fear because Jesus will be with us until the end of the age. We can feel a sense of peace and hope because Jesus reassures us that death does not have the last word. May we live into our faith rather than our fears this Easter season. May we envision an eternity with Jesus, so we never forget “It’s Still Easter”.
 
Questions to Consider:
1. What is one Easter tradition you or your family celebrate? What changed this year?
2. Where have you experienced the presence of Jesus this Easter season? Have you been able to experience Peace during the Pandemic? Why or why not? 
3. Hope is all around. Where have you seen signs of hope recently?