Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Luke 24:13-18 After living in Japan for nearly three years, I returned to the United States for my first extended stay and realized that eating out felt different. I’d become acclimated to Japanese dining where servers, who are not tipped, usually approach a...

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Saturday, April 10 – Reflections

Psalm 118:21-24 This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it (v. 24).  These words often call us to worship, and many people repeat them to affirm that every day is God’s creative gift and an occasion for joy. The original singers of...

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Friday, April 9 – Reflections

Psalm 118:14-17 I wrote this reflection last July. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most congregations hadn’t physically gathered for worship since March, four months earlier. We celebrated last Easter from home in a variety of ways, often joining our...

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Thursday, April 8 – Reflections

Luke 24:12 Sometimes, when we’re not sure what has happened and what it means, all we can do is run in the direction of hope. That’s what Peter does on the first Easter. He has heard from the women who have been to Jesus’ tomb. They claim to have heard news...

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Wednesday, April 7 – Reflections

Luke 24:10-11 To have a new life, we need a new story. The distressed women who go to Jesus’ tomb early on Easter, before they know it is Easter, return to Jesus’ other friends as delighted preachers of the resurrection. They went to the tomb to do grief work;...

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Tuesday, April 6 – Reflections

Luke 24:8-9 Sometimes, I forget what Jesus said. It’s not that I can’t recall or repeat his words; it’s that I pay much more attention to other voices. The others induce a kind of temporary amnesia in me. Clamoring anxiety, shouting anger, whispering shame, or...

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Monday, April 5 – Reflections

Luke 24:4-7 Questions fill the Easter air. The women who went early to the graveyard are troubled when they see Jesus’ empty tomb. Who has unsealed it—and why? Have Jesus’ enemies stolen his body? What should they do now? Suddenly two men in shimmering clothes...

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Sunday, April 4 – Reflections

Luke 24:1-3 The Lord had risen. He had risen, indeed. But none of his friends knew.  God reached into the dark tomb where dead Jesus had been laid and raised him to radiant and indestructible life. With the Easter miracle, God abandoned abandonment, forsook...

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Saturday, April 3 – Reflections

Psalm 31:5-13 I was intentional to read these Holy Week scriptures through the lens of my identity: an African American who seeks to know where Scripture speaks to injustice. Psalm 31 is an appropriate ending for this week.  This psalm moves from protection to...

Sunday, April 11 – Reflections

Friday, April 2 – Reflections

Luke 23:32-47 Pilate says it first: “I find no fault in this Man” (Lk 23:4, NKJV). Later, a criminal near Jesus says to a fellow criminal, “we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing...