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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 29, 2018

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THURSDAY, March 29     Maundy Thursday

Luke 24:4-5 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 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.”

Imagine being with a beloved friend as the last breath is slowly exhaled. Soon the sheet is pulled over the body. You step outside to collect yourself. When you reenter the room, you are dismayed: The bed is empty and the covers rumpled. Out of the air step two dazzling figures.

Why are you looking for your friend here? Go seek the living among the living! Grief and exhaustion turn into terror. Shaking, you are speechless.

This must be what it is like for the women who have come to say goodbye to Jesus. They are ready to take the final step with Jesus, preparing his body for permanent rest.

God bless these precious friends for being willing to accompany Jesus to the very end. And God bless Peter for racing to the tomb once he hears the news that Jesus is not dead. They are all scared—they knew what to expect with death. They just don’t know what to expect with Jesus—the love that continues beyond death, the love that never ends.

MOVING FORWARD: Attend your community’s Maundy Thursday service.

Good Book Club Reading: Luke 24:1-12

PRAY for the Diocese of British Columbia (Canada)



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