Texts: Acts 3:12-19; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b- 48
You’re allowed to be a little clueless when you’re young. When I was just beginning to become independent in the kitchen, baking was my thing. With baked goods, you know they’re done when a toothpick stuck into the center of the pan comes up clean. Now, around our house toothpicks weren’t very plentiful. I don’t know what happened to them, but whenever I needed one there didn’t seem to be any to be had.
Now that the weather is warming up, the Salish Sea is seeing more boaters out and about. It makes me think of how Jesus went out and about with his disciples on a boat. It always seemed to me that it was just a convenient way for them to get across the water. But if our own ferries are any example, there’s a lot of inconvenience built into travelling by water.
Texts: Acts 4: 32-35; 1 John 1:1 – 2:2; John 20: 19-31
Jesus was hardly up from the grave when the faith community had its first test of life after resurrection. Consider it like the family situation that it truly was. The beloved elder brother had died. He was the one who had defined the family and kept them all together. Not actually even the oldest age-wise, he had drawn the genuine love and devotion of all the others who freely gave him their full trust.
We’re three weeks into spring, and it’s time for spring cleaning. I’ve got a lot of stuff to deal with. The thing about stuff is that it’s sneaky. I like to think that I’ve been reducing the amount of stuff in my life but somehow stuff keeps happening. What is up with that?
Texts: Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8
The sabbath being over, the women rose and made their preparations. They’d been to the evening market just yesterday to buy spices for anointing their beloved teacher’s lifeless body. Now, “…very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.”
How did this happen? I’m sure the disciples asked themselves – and perhaps one another – this question on the horrible Friday when they saw Jesus arrested, bound over to a trial that was a sham, and unjustly convicted as even the Roman official Pontius Pilate remarked. Ouch.
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.