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Christ Meets Us in Our Deepest Need

Today’s Reflection

THE RISEN CHRIST continues to meet with us at the point of our deepest need. As he came to Mary [Magdalene] two thousand years ago, so he comes to us in our dark and difficult places.

Sometimes, like Mary herself, we do not recognize Jesus immediately. But as we open our hearts and our minds to his living presence and to the message of his resurrection, we find ourselves gradually empowered to live beyond our tears, to go out and connect with those suffering around us.

– Trevor Hudson
Hope Beyond Your Tears

From page 10 of Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2012 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

In the days to come, how can you share the joy of the resurrection with others? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”

Luke 4:5, NRSV

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This week we remember: Margaret Clitherow (March 25).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 27, 2016, 12:37 am

    Christ is risen! Hallelujah!

    May we all live a victorious life so that God is glorified!

  • robert moeller March 27, 2016, 3:56 am

    Yes, Mary, Christ the Lord is risen. Thankfully Christ rose 2,000 years ago and is still alive today. Christ is in the heart of every believer, follower, and doer of God’s will. Thank You, Lord.

  • robert moeller March 27, 2016, 4:11 am

    Very enlightening comments yesterday on gloomy and dark Holy Saturday. It’s a day when it seems nothing is happening and yet most important work was being done. Our sins were being paid for 2,000 years ago! Pilate wondered why Jesus was dead so soon, when the legs of the criminals had to be broken for them to die. Little did he know the load that Jesus bore, the past, present, and future sins of the world.

    Today we celebrate that our Redeemer lives!

  • Jill March 27, 2016, 4:32 am

    Just returned from taking friends to the airport for an early flight out. As I drove in the stillness of the night, the moon hung starkly in the southern sky. And I could not help but think what the scenery was like when Christ was instantaneously resurrected. Was it a clear night? Was the moon glistening in the sky? And the stars…so much a part of the Christmas story…surely they, too, were witnesses. And despite the quietness on the earth – I can only imagine the raucous celebration by the angels in heaven…death defeated!!
    Yesterday – the time spent walking was a blessing. There, too, in the park – I was taken by the starkness. While it is Spring on the calendar – there was minimal evidence where I was. The trees stood straight and barren, reaching to the sun. And, most unexpectedly, there was a little brook that accompanied my path, most of the way. Barely movement of water, yet – movement. The sound was magnificent. I was anticipating being taken in by my visual sense. And yet the afternoon quietly exploded with the trickle of the brook, miniature waterfalls and a determined woodpecker. All auditory pleasures to accompany the barrenness of the landscape. I reflected on the barrenness of the circumstances of Holy Saturday, 2000+ years ago…and was blessed.
    Wishing my UR family a wonderful day of resurrection, praise and time with friends and family. So grateful to celebrate first here – with you all. He is risen, indeed! Thank You, Father.

  • Betsy March 27, 2016, 7:37 am

    He is risen! Wishing all here blessings as we gather in our own ways for the Resurrection celebration. Amen.

  • Connie March 27, 2016, 7:40 am

    I know that my Redeemer lives. Allelulia.
    Roll the stone away from my cold heart, Jesus, and help me to live again. Amen.

  • Rusty March 27, 2016, 7:42 am

    The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! Easter blessings, joy and peace to all of our UR family.

  • Andrea March 27, 2016, 7:49 am

    King of Kings, Hallelujah!

  • Sara March 27, 2016, 12:12 pm

    Christ the Lord is Risen – Rejoice!!!

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