I think sometimes God changes the station in my head while I sleep. Otherwise, how could I have trouble going to sleep because of one song on repeat in my brain, but wake up smack in the middle of a completely different one? To be honest, I prefer the one I fell asleep hearing! But this morning, I hear a full choir singing the Easter hymn, Christ The Lord is Risen Today... Mostly this verse.
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
I love how these words fit right in with yesterday’s song, Redeemer. But “death, in vain, forbids Him rise” are the words I’m honed in on this morning. In my tiny little human mind, human existence, death would the end of life, the end of everything I know. The ultimate finality. Not so for Jesus.
I was reading John chapter 20 this morning where Jesus appears to his disciples in the locked room. He just came and stood there with them, in the flesh. And the first thing Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Savior of the World, had to offer them was peace. Peace. Not great words of wisdom, not riches, or fame, or great power… Just… peace.
Isn’t that what everybody wants? I remember when the kids were little, scrapping and fighting… I didn’t really care who was right and who was wrong so much as I just wanted peace. A little “peace and quiet.” I can’t imagine how UNpeaceful the disciple’s hearts would have been at the time Jesus showed up in that locked room. To hear “peace be with you” from Christ himself? Yet, He speaks peace to me every day. If I’m listening.
Right now I am hearing the birds outside waking up in the predawn light – peace. The sweet sound of my husband having breakfast downstairs, noisy as he is – peace. Waking up in the middle of a song of praise to The Lord, not of my own choosing – peace. Because, once again, I know that God was with me in the night, singing over me – Peace.
Peace be with you!