May – June 2018 Newsletter: “The Messenger”

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From the Pastor’s Pen

It was during this period of time we call Eastertide that the early disciples had to come to terms with no longer having the physical presence of Jesus with them. It had been an emotional roller coaster for them – they agonized over Jesus’ crucifixion, they felt bewildered joy over his resurrection, they were enthralled over his resurrected presence, they received a farewell commissioning at Jesus’ ascension, and they had to patiently wait for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. It was not an easy journey of faith for them. It rarely is for those who follow Jesus Christ.

But there was a promise given for all those who invite Christ into their lives and endeavor to follow his teachings – Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age(Matthew 28:20). As the disciples soon learned, Jesus Christ lived in their hearts and through their actions.

The same holds true for us, my friends! Inasmuch as Jesus Christ is no longer physically present, all followers of Jesus Christ become instruments of God’s grace to the world. This reality is concisely expressed in words written by Teresa of Ávila in the 16th century . . .

“Christ has no body here on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes which express Christ’s compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ is to go about doing good.  And yours are the hands with which Christ is to bless us now.”

“The Lord is risen! The Lord is risen, indeed!”

The joy of Jesus’ resurrection and the reality of his presence encourages us to be his hands and feet to those God brings into our lives.

God bless you and your family!

 Pastor Lee Ellenberger