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Losing all and Gaining Everything

The Tomb is empty! The women come to anoint the body of Jesus in his tomb and find it empty. The guards have fled, the stone sealing the tomb is rolled away and no one is there! The burial cloth is there, but Jesus is not!

What follows are stories in which Jesus appears to the disciples in many ways and in many forms. He appears to Mary but she doesn't recognize him until he speaks. He appears bodily and eats, he appears with his wounds from the crucifixion, and he chats with disciples who only recognize him in the breaking of the bread. In all these ways, the gospels tell us that Jesus lives.

Because Jesus lives, we can be "in Christ", as St. Paul says, living through him, participating in the risen life here and now. When we share in the sufferings of Christ: his compassion for the lost and broken-hearted; his feeding of the hungry; his tender care for the sick and suffering; we bear our crosses just as Christ bore his cross. When we count everything as loss in order to gain Christ, we become the servant and slave of all. When we understand that the world's needs come before ours, we are truly "in Christ" and live in the power of his resurrection.

This road is not easy to travel. But our God is so awesome! God's love is so powerful, so strong and mighty that nothing can stop us when we choose His Way, His Truth and His life. As St. Paul writes in Romans 8:35, 37-39:

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.

At the end of Matthew's gospel Jesus promises to be with us always, even to the end of time. This gives me hope and in that hope the strength to move forward; to walk my road to Emmaus, to press on; to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11). I am inspired to "fight the good fight of the faith" and claim for myself and others the eternal life to which we are called for which we were made.

The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Jeff+




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© May 2019 by The Rev. Jeff Douglas


St. Thomas is a vibrant, welcoming, Christian community cultivating mind, body & spirit through worship, fellowship, and service, loving our neighbors as ourselves

The Rev. Jeff Douglas, Rector

Our Staff:
       Parish Secretary
       Julie Bazemore
       Musician:
       Jonathan Johnston
Our Vestry:
       Buddy Jones, Sr. Warden
       David Shields, Jr. Warden
       Carolyn Peele, Clerk
       Ernie Carter, Treasurer
       Martie Tayloe
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       David Shields
       Becky Johnson
       Carolyn Peele
       Bill Blanchard
       Dr. John Davis
       Linda Blackburn

Parish Commissions:

Administration:
       Bill Blanchard
       Ernie Carter, Treas.
       
Parish Life/Communications:
       Carolyn Peele
       
Pastoral Care:
       Martie Tayloe
       Carolyn Peele
       
Worship:
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       Dr. John Davis
       The Rev. Jeff Douglas
       
Buildings & Grounds
       David Shields, Jr. Warden
       
Christian Education
       Buddy Jones
       
Outreach
       David Shields
       Becky Johnson
If you would like to volunteer or have ideas about how St. Thomas' can have a more effective ministry in these areas, contact the appropriate person and make St. Thomas' ministry even better.