Daily Devotion – April 13, 2018

Luke 24:36b-39

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’

Reflection by Janet Derby

Shalom. Peace be with you. That is often what Jesus begins conversations with in the time following his resurrection. It makes sense. When we lose someone we love, we see everything through a different lens, and it’s uncomfortable if not scary. Jesus speaks words of reassurance and in addition, reminds the disciples that not everything in their world has changed. He is still with them. In times of uncertainty and doubt, it is good for us to understand that as well. The sun rises, spring arrives, flowers bloom, and God is with us.

God of Shalom,
Thank you for the peace which passes all understanding. Amen.

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