Greetings to the Church in your home!
We have navigated a second Holy Week and Easter in pandemic mode. I have to confess some vile jealousy of neighboring congregations who celebrated in-person while we chose to continue to continue suspension of in-person worship (targeting a May 2 "re-opening," if Wood County's stats, the CDC, Bishop & Heath Department warrant). At the same time, the worrisome reports of rapidly escalating spread of variants of the virus in neighboring Michigan - particularly among vulnerable younger (and yet to be vaccinated) members of the community support great caution.
I think our "in-between" state - suspended somewhere between normal "life before COVID" and whatever "life after COVID" will offer - can help us better understand the first disciples and their journey from Jesus' cross to Pentecost: Hope is promised, yet seems beyond actual reach. We trusted our leader(s) before, surely we can continue to do so. Will our hopes become reality? -and more.
How will you make the Easter promise real? One study resource suggested these ten simple ways to embrace living forward from the shadow of the cross:
Yes, we're "in-between" - but we're neither hopeless nor without a Helper.
Alleluia. Christ is risen!
Nothing separates us from the love of God in Christ Jesus!