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Dave Brisbin 4.12.20
Easter Sunday: On Easter, in the midst of a pandemic lockdown, we celebrate Easter virtually via streaming with our community watching a live stream from their homes, setting their own communion tables to fully participate remotely together. Though missing each other’s company, in the following days, it was wonderful to hear how individuals and families created their own sacred space and found connection in spite of isolation. This Easter we try to step inside the minds and emotions of Jesus’ closest friends and followers as they live through the traumatic and mind bending events of Good Friday through Easter Sunday. What were they feeling and trying to understand? And why did none of them recognize the risen Jesus when they meet him again for the first time, and what it was that opened their eyes to finally recognize him when they did?

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There are no random details in the gospels. Every word and detail is carefully chosen to be preserved because it has something important to teach us. Why do we still look for the living among the dead? To focus beyond the literal stories to the spiritual truths to which they point tells us about our own expectations and beliefs that limit our ability to see new life when it meets us on the road to where we think we are going.

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