He is risen! He is risen indeed! This is the traditional Paschal greeting with which early Christians greeted each other and one that is said on Easter.
During our worship yesterday, I greeted all whom I met with this greeting. Some people looked at me somewhat bewildered and said "Happy Easter", while others said "He is risen indeed!" All the greetings were said with enthusiasm. We were filled with the joy of Easter!
There were many visitors in worship; travelers from across the country who were in town to visit family and friends. This year, Easter is at the front end of spring break for many families who have school kids and therefore many people are traveling this week.
In Mark's gospel, when the woman visited Jesus' empty tomb, they were greeted by a young man who said, "He is risen." After explaining that Jesus was no longer there, he said, "now, on your way."
Christians are to be people on the go who proclaim the gospel. We are also people who go on vacations with our families, visit friends, and take a break from the break neck pace of our lives. So I want to share a traveler's prayer with you to say on "on your way."
Gracious God, guide the hands of those who are taking us to our destinations. Whether by car, bus, train, or plane, guide the hands of those who steer so that accidents can be avoided. Deliver us to our destinations safely. Bless and protect our families, those who are traveling along side of us, as well as those who are traveling to their jobs this week. In the name of the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Safe travels my friends!
Prayer for Today
Awaken us to the joy and surprise of resurrection faith, Most Holy God, so that we will experience a rebirth in our convictions, a renewal of our spirits and a readjustment to the course of our lives as we go on our way in the good news you share with us through Christ our Lord. Amen.