Today is the first Wednesday after Easter. Surely, today must be special but in the reformed tradition today has no official designation. It’s not called anything special – just Wednesday. So, on this ordinary day I was drawn back to those extraordinary first followers as they made their way through the first week.  Bewilderment, uncertainty, mystification, concern, skepticism, the synonymous are plenty and nuanced, describing what must have been going through their thoughts. I was reminded of something I read and I’m not sure of the source but it went something like…”Most of us think we know who God is, who God calls us to be, what God wants us to do. What if we were to stop telling God what we know, to recognize that God is bigger than our naming of God, and to listen for God’s Word to sweep over us without direction from us? What if we did not hold back but allowed the wind to take us to places not on our agenda? What would happen to us if we listened for God to call forth from us that which we did not recognize as being possible?”  As we move further away from the Easter event, by days, months, generations and centuries we still hold this biblical truth – God calls into existence things that do not yet exist. The Easter truth is we trust our lives to the God who gives new life.  The resurrection is to embrace the mysterious newness of our new life — to live as people born of love.  The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the Galatians: For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become servants to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Faith is genuine when it is manifested in love.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-2
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Reflection Questions:
How is your love being manifested?
What has not been ordinary today?
How are you deepening your ability to listen to/for God’s Word?

Prayer: Holy God, it’s just another day, almost past or almost begun.  Let me be thankful for all those who follow alongside me. For the joy I receive from them, for the patience they offer, for the love we share makes today a blessing.  Amen.

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