Seventh Sunday of Easter
The motto for both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts in America is simply “Be Prepared.” We can’t know exactly what will happen in the immediate future, much less in the months and years to come. The days may progress more or less the way we have hoped or planned; we may be surprised with unexpected blessings, or we may face challenges or even dangers that we couldn’t have imagined beforehand. So it’s a good idea to be prepared.
Just as Jesus’ disciples in the first century lived in a time of great political and cultural upheaval, we now face a world that is changing so rapidly that we wish we could put on the brakes. It would be good to be able to stop and process what is already happening, so that we can be ready for what comes next.
However, there will always be changes that catch us unawares. When this happens, some of us may go into panic mode, or simply resist change in any form.
The good news is that we don’t have to be afraid, because Jesus prepares us for whatever surprises the world has in store. Even though Jesus’ disciples were clueless about what was about to happen and the effect that their movement would have on history, Jesus knew very well the challenges his followers would face.
Jesus taught his disciples, just as his words and actions continue to teach us. Jesus assures us that we are intimately related to the God who loves us. Jesus prayed that God would protect his disciples, and Jesus continues to intercede for us. Whatever happens, we can be assured that we are protected. In Christ, we are prepared.
Willie Israel, pastor, Rolling Hills Moravian Church