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Scarred for Life

S. Giusep Bild Thomas

You rose
with your scars.

You were resurrected,
bearing those marks.

Scars we can touch
and know
and know that you know.

New life,
carrying the scars
of all that had happened,
all that had been,
all ‘they’ had done.

Today
that seems important.

John 20:19-29 (NIV)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Voices

Firstly I want to say a belated huge thank you to all those who bought a copy of Voices Through Advent and Christmas.  I hope that you all enjoyed it and it helped you into Advent and Christmas.

A second print had to be done, and indeed I have no copies left of that (though Moorleys do if you want to get in early for next year!)

As a follow up to that Voices Through Holy Week and Easter is currently at the printers.

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The Easter story is familiar to us.  We travel it year after year. Voices Through Holy Week and Easter seeks to breathe new life through the characters of that journey as they work through what is happening, what it means for them – and what it might mean for us each day.

The readings follow the account of Holy Week and beyond from all four gospels.

They are questions, hopes and fears – the reactions of the characters involved.  Brave followers of Jesus, who in this week didn’t always feel brave, but in the bravery and integrity of Jesus found his promises more than  fulfilled.

The question for us through all the story is ‘What about me?’, where the readings culminate.

The readings can be used in worship services to bring a different accent to the voices, or for personal reflection  as we journey through Holy Week to Easter and resurrection.

The books will be priced £4.50 and will be available as soon as they arrive from the printers.

To order please contact me on voicesthrough@outlook.com or available from Moorleys

Thank you again to everyone for your support.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Be Frightened

What has happened?
What is happening?
So many strange rumours,
appearances,
feelings
all swirling round
inside me.

I don’t know what is happening
any more.

And then he’s here.
Or is he?

Is it Jesus,
our friend,
our Lord?
Or a vision?
Wishful thinking?
One of those things
when you feel someone who has died
is there next to you,
only to realise
of course,
they are not.

This is all playing with my emotions,
messing with my head.
Why did I get mixed up in this?

~~~

But wait,
he’s speaking –
that familiar, gentle, affirming voice.

He’s inviting me to look,
to touch,
to feel,
to know.
To no longer wonder,
but to be sure,
to experience Jesus
as he is now.

He is not dead,
he is alive.

This is what it’s all been about.

This is God,
love,
life,
presence.
And he stands here
in my life
now.

Luke 24:36-48 (CEV)

What Jesus’ Followers Must Do

36 While Jesus’ disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared and greeted them. 37 They were frightened and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost.

38 But Jesus said, “Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt? 39 Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

40 After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it. Jesus then asked them, “Do you have something to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of baked fish. 43 He took it and ate it as they watched.

44 Jesus said to them, “While I was still with you, I told you that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Books of the Prophets, and in the Psalms[a] had to happen.”

45 Then he helped them understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them:

The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, then three days later he will rise from death. 47 They also say that all people of every nation must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven. So beginning in Jerusalem, 48 you must tell everything that has happened.