Easter Sunday, April 5
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Morning Light and God’s Love
As a child growing up on a farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, I was always woken by my father, who was the first one in our home to get up in the morning. Dad loved the morning time and wanted to get an early start usually leaving the house by 6:00 am. In those days, I was not a fan of getting up early, but at this point in my life my favorite time is in the morning. I get up early, make coffee, go to my study, light a candle, read scripture, pray, reflect, and write in my journal before having breakfast with my wife, Laurie. I love being awake when the morning light begins to brighten the world. I have found that it is essential for me to start every day in this way.
I don’t know if the women and other first witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection were morning people, but they did come early to Jesus’ tomb to discover that he was not there, but risen from the dead. Jesus also appeared to them as well. Although some doubted at first, that first resurrection morning ignited a conviction within them that after that point, nothing in this life or beyond would be able to separate them from the love of God in Jesus Christ. This conviction grew, filling them with hope and joy despite persecution, suffering, and death.
Because of Jesus’ resurrection, whether we are morning people or prefer to stay up late, we can begin each day grounded in this same conviction that no matter what we face this day, nothing will ever be able to separate us from God’s love in Jesus Christ.
Rev. Scott Davis
Prayer: Lord, no matter what time I rise today, I rise in the assurance of your love.
May I return to this understanding over and over throughout this day. Amen.