The sky was still dark and speckled with stars and the moon as I got into the car and drove, a wonderful crispness in the air. I parked and finished listening to "10,000 Reasons" on the radio before getting out and walking over to find a seat.
Still dark I begin to see faces of people I’ve come to know and admire - faces we hadn’t seen in a while due to illness, so thankful that they both are able to be here this morning; so thankful that we are all able to be here this morning.
As the music began and the skies darkness began to turn to light I was taken back at the privilege and freedom of it all. Out there in what is normally the parking lot, we sing, boldly and without fear of harm “Christ the Lord is Risen Today, alleluia!” We listen to the telling of that day long ago when Jesus asked Mary, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” When He calls her by name she realizes the one she is seeking is right before her.
Later the same day He came and stood in the midst of the disciples and said to them “Peace be with you.”
Jesus Christ has risen, He is calling your name, what you are seeking is right before you and He is offering you Peace, in Him you will be free, free indeed.
The service was lovely, the weather near perfect, the sunrise mesmerizing, and a freedom not only of no harm but also a feeling of indescribable peace.
Scriptures taken from NKJV
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) lyric by Matt Redman
Photo Linda J Matsko