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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The First and Last Words

"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God."
~Luke 1:30

“…they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, ‘God is with us.’”
~ Matthew 1:23

According to the gospel stories about the resurrection of Jesus, the day of and those following the resurrection were days of fear, doubt, amazement, surprise, joy, and hope.  I don't know about you, but this sounds like a pretty typical week for me. Our lives are always somewhere in the mix of thought and emotion that fluctuate and vacillate from fear to hope.

Holding all of this together is an overarching, abiding Presence within the entire story of Creation and Life. Our religions and philosophies have numerous names for this One Eternal Presence. By whatever name we call the Presence our hope lies in knowing its essence is Love.     

I have written in another OEP that the first words of Christmas are "Fear not!" If this is true, then perhaps the final words of Easter are "Love each other!"

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.”
~ John 13:34

“I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
~Matthew 28:20

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