Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)

Email:   wlderber@gmail.com

 

 

“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week,

and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews,

Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” – John 20:19

 

The Risen Lord Meets Us Wherever We Are

 

Dear Friend in Christ,

            In many different places, the risen Lord came to his followers.  In a cemetery, the risen Lord came to Mary Magdalene.   In a locked upper room, the risen Lord came to his disciples.  On a road to a village called Emmaus, the risen Lord came to two travelers.  On the shore of a sea, the risen Lord came to some of his disciples as they were fishing.  On a mountain in Galilee, the risen Lord came to his followers before he ascended into heaven.  The risen Lord did not meet his followers in the Jerusalem temple or some other religious place.  Rather he met his followers wherever they were in their daily lives.  He still does so today.

            Our risen Lord not only meets us in our church building, but he meets us wherever we are in our daily lives.  He comes to us in our homes.  He comes to us in our schools.  He comes to us in our nursing homes and hospitals.  He comes to us in our shops, factories, farms, offices, and stores.  He comes to us in our restaurants and places of recreation.  The risen Lord meets us wherever we are.

            Our risen Lord not only comes to us wherever we are physically, he also comes to us wherever we are emotionally or spiritually.  He comes to us when we are in sadness.  He comes to us when we are in joy.  He comes to us when we are in grief.  He comes to us when we are in thankfulness.  He comes to us when we are in sickness.  He comes to us when we are in despair.  He comes to us when we are in pain.  The risen Lord meets us wherever we are.

            Yes, the risen Lord meets us wherever we are and gives us his wonderful gift of peace.  As he said to his first followers, so he says to you and me today: “Peace be with you!”  Especially throughout this Easter season, look for the presence of the risen Lord who meets us wherever we are.

 

In Christ,   Pastor Wayne