Thought for the Day: The women had just returned from the tomb where they found it empty and heard a glorious message from “two men in dazzling clothes” (presumably some sort of divine messengers). And though I can only imagine their enthusiasm to be over the top, the disciples did not believe them. How often in human history, and even in recent months, have women not been believed? How many times have the voices of women been ignored, whether declaring the Gospel, sharing a scientific discovery or telling their story in a courtroom? Yet it was women who were ordained that day to be the first preachers of the resurrection, perhaps the greatest news ever shared. On this Easter Sunday, let us learn to listen to every voice, and never to dismiss someone based upon an ill-conceived notion of worthiness or some absurd tradition. Today, God will once again invite someone to announce the Gospel in a new and fresh way. But if we have already written that person off because of something ridiculous, we could miss the message that will forever change our lives. It is Easter, and for that reason we should all be prepared for God to do something out of the ordinary. It seems to be what God does.
Prayer: What a glorious Easter morning! Made glorious by your gifts of life and love and new life, O Lord. May our hearts be forever open to your message of resurrection coming to us in unexpected ways. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge