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Sent out at last

Lily Cathcart April 21, 2020 0 1
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John 20: 19-23 (NRSVA)

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Those of us, during this time of isolation, who do not have gardens to sit in may find it hard to draw joy from becoming a gardener’s apprentice but that is what God asks of us. Fortunately God's garden is not limited by our walls and can take root anywhere and any time. Where we find ourselves we are called to plant seeds of hope when the world seems dark.

When at last it is time to go out from our own locked rooms we will discover the changes in the world around us just as the disciples did after Jesus death and resurrection. Just as they were confronted with changes with the world for which they had not prepared so will we be. Just as they were empowered by the Spirit to do good things and be apprentices to God in this world so are we. We can even get some practice in now and find ways to plant seeds of hope even from within our locked rooms.


God who walks through locked doors,
Bless these small spaces we find ourselves in
Empower us with your Spirit to be your apprentices in the works of peace
Give as seeds of hope to plant where you guide us in this new world