We were visitors to a church new to us, slipping into the back as a small choir was leading the worship.The surroundings were different and everyone a stranger, until I was struck once again with what we had in common. Words to well known songs flowed from one to the next reminding us that the same God is worshiped all around the world and what a wonderful feeling it is to be part of this family, adopted by His amazing love. With gratefulness we joined in these well known words by Chris Tomlin,
I'm forgiven, because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well
Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again.
Amazing love, how can it be?
That You, my King, would die for me
Amazing love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You
In all I do, I honor You.
But what if we were to visit a place where there was no such a feeling of kinship? What if everything was strange? In this week after Easter, a friend passed along a thought or a question regarding the verse where the angel at the tomb asked the women, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" I don't know if I'd ever really considered the question in more ways than what the context implies, but this time I saw it in a new way. My prayer today is that in our search for answers, with our attention being pulled in many directions, we will fix our eyes on Jesus, the One who is no longer in the grave but interceding for us at the right hand of God. He is for us!