May 20: Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Posted by Campus Ministry on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 6:00 AM PDT

A person sits at the shore of a lake surrounded by evergreens, chin resting on their hand as though they are deep in thought.

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This is such a strange Easter season. As God calls us to be joyful, to celebrate the Risen Christ, we are all feeling the stress and the loss as a result of COVID-19. How can we be joyful in the time of so much death, cancellation of communal events and celebrations, rising economic strife, and overwhelming uncertainty?

Here is where I am finding my hope: We are a people who know resurrection, who can have faith that out of death and darkness, there can be life and light. When the disciples witnessed Jesus’ death on the cross—even though he had assured them that he would return—they lost all hope, fell into uncertainty and sorrow. But he came back, bringing with him redemption, forgiveness and eternal life.

Right now, Jesus offers us a companion in our grief and pain, but also a reminder that God can make goodness out of even the hardest times. There is no doubt that COVID-19 is impacting our communities in a massive way, changing lives forever, transforming the way the world works. And God is still bigger. These verses from Acts today remind me of the greatness and the power of God, but also God’s infinite presence to each of us: “Though indeed he is not far from any one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being.’” Even in the distance, the struggle, and the strange times such as the ones we are in now, God is still in all things. “Heaven and earth are [still] full of [God’s] glory.” The enormity of COVID-19 and all the ways it is impacting us right now pale in comparison to the vastness and goodness of God.

In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus says, “I have so much more to tell you” and promises us further communication from the Spirit. I like to think that God is constantly communicating with us, we just aren’t always that great at listening. What might God be telling us during this time of physical distance and change? Sometimes, I am worse at listening when I feel like my world is falling apart or my problems are just too big; I fill my spaces with constant sound and distraction. After reading today’s scripture, I am thinking more about how to sit in the quiet and listen. In this time of slowness and uncertainty, I am seeking to pay attention to the ways God is speaking to me, how God is adjusting the places where I find joy, and reminding me that in God, there is always resurrection.

 

Ali Alderman, Class of 2020