READINGOld Testament: Exodus 12:1-14, Isaiah 51:9-11
Psalms: Psalms 148, 149, 150
Gospel: John 1:1-18, 20:19-23, Luke 24:13-35
Evening Psalms: Psalms 113, 114
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
Being sent. I’ve never really liked the idea of being sent. I am much more comfortable within the context of my own life, my own relationships, and my daily routine. Being sent is hard. It means doing something different. It means stepping into the unknown, outside of your comfort zone. It means having to trust God in new ways. Sometimes these ways are exciting, but mostly I find them terrifying. New is hard. Change is hard.
As I write this, it is still Epiphany: The season of the revelation of the light of Christ. Today, I resigned my position at St. Matthew’s and gave my notice to Rob. It was hard. This change is hard. But it is necessary.
In the 10 years since I’ve been ordained, I’ve gotten comfortable. My family life has a nice routine. Colin is a joy. Steve and I are happy. Church is good – it always has been. But I’ve become increasingly aware that in order to accomplish what God has called me to do, I have to step out in faith. I have to trust and step into the unknown…. the uncomfortable. I have to leave this place that I love… that is comfortable.
Maybe today you are feeling the way I am. Maybe you know something needs to change, but you are afraid to take that step. Maybe you are feeling like you want to start something new, but have no idea how it could possibly work. Maybe you are wondering if your family will be supportive. Will your friends? What if your dream doesn’t become a reality? What if you fail?
Remember that this is Easter… the season of Resurrection. You can find new life in a willingness to step out in faith and try something new. You can feel free from any constraints that are holding you back – constraints you may not even see you have right now. But have faith. God is calling you. Peace be with you. You are being sent. God will be with you and give you the Resurrection you really need to feel alive again. Know that you aren’t alone. Others have done the same. I am one of them.
Follow your heart. Do what you were created to do. Be Resurrected.