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Weekly Moravian Message: April 1, 2018

Resurrection of Our Lord

Be Ready

Early in the morning, when it’s the kind of quiet that invites reflection, the women arrived at the tomb. They carried questions about how they would move the stone and do the work that they needed to do. They were prepared. However, when they arrived at the tomb, the task had changed.

Isn’t it often like that for us? We prepare for the work we intend to do, but then Jesus has a different plan.

What do we do when our preparation seems useless in the face of the new challenge set before us?

I like to know what to expect and how things will work. But as I consider the women who come upon the tomb—open to the world and filled with an astonishing message—I can appreciate their hesitancy to speak of it to anyone. I mean, who would believe that one who was dead is alive again? And do we?

What if Jesus has a new plan for the church? What if we have come to the tomb ready and willing to do what we know how to do, and Jesus has some other idea? How do our celebration and remembrance of this Holy Week and Easter morning prepare us for this unexpected news?

I believe that it prepares us by showing us that others have gone before us. They have also experienced the upheaval and astonishing realities of new life in Christ. Preparation is overrated. We need only to be ready to follow. The rest of what we need to know or to do or to say will come to us along the way, with Jesus as our guide. We are invited to an empty tomb to remember and go into the world to look for life and find Jesus there.

Rebecca Craver, pastor

Edmonton Moravian Church, Edmonton, Alberta 

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, August 17 — Psalm 100
Joshua 24:14–Judges 1:16; Luke 18:1–17

The Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city?” Jonah 4:10–11 (NASB)

Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 1 Corinthians 10:24

Creating Lord—you trusted us with one of the biggest responsibilities of all time: to care for your creation and all that is in it. Creation speaks to us and cannot be pushed past its boundaries. Help us tune our ears to listen to the voices that do not sound like ours. Amen.

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