I don’t know whether you have seen on social media, but lots of folks are posting pictures of themselves when they were little to brighten up people’s timelines so that they are not all full of doom and gloom.
Here’s a few pictures of me when I was little to brighten up this devotional – I’m aware of how boring I can be, and you only like them when the dog it with me!
This is one of me and my brother Richard playing Swingball – anyone remember that?
And this is of my dad playing the piano and Richard and I singing. Love the clothes and the curtains!
Easter is always a poignant time for my family as a few years ago, my brother died very suddenly one Easter Saturday. We weren’t expecting it and it shook our whole world, as death and difficulties often do.
I know that for many of us, we may feel as though the world as we know it has been shaken, and we feel less secure, more fearful and are trying to find our way and some stability in the midst of it all.
I suspect that is how the disciples felt that first Easter Saturday. The previous day, their Lord, the messiah, their saviour and friend has just been horrifically crucified. Even though scripture and Jesus had been predicting it, they hadn’t quite twigged and it came as a massive shock to them. Can you imagine their desolation and despair on the day after? Everything had suddenly come crashing around them. They did not realise that on the third day, Jesus was going to rise again. They found themselves in the darkest time.
We may find ourselves in the darkest time of our lives, but we have the advantage of knowing that Jesus is alive and his death wasn’t the end of the story, but he rose again and is alive and is able to meet us in the darkest nights and places we find ourselves in.
On that Easter Saturday when my brother died, it was truly shocking and horrible. I didn’t sleep at all that night, and the next morning, Easter Day, I weirdly wanted to go to church. I wanted to go because I wanted to fill my mind with the truth about Jesus. And how his death and resurrection brought hope, life and strength to me.
I know that at the moment we can’t all physically meet up together, and it makes it harder in some ways to fill our minds with the truth. But it’s the same Jesus we are worshiping and focusing on, whether we are gathered together or on our own and he welcomes us and encourages us with these words:
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28
‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ John 8:12