“[Mary Magdalene] turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus…, supposing him to be the gardener. …Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). …Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord!’” - John 20: 14,15b,16,18a
Sometimes we feel lost. Sometimes, even in the midst of something joyful, we don’t notice it and feel lost. That’s what happened to Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of John when Jesus was resurrected. She didn’t understand what was happening. She felt lost, but she kept seeking Jesus. Even though she couldn’t find him, he found her. In that moment, she was filled with joy. Whenever we feel lost, we can trust that God is going to find us. That trust keeps us seeking Jesus with our whole heart. Reflect on this poem by Rev. Sarah Speed, reminding us to seek, and reminding us to trust that we will be found.
lost and found
Standing in the garden,
soft dirt under her feet,
sun still tucked away,
sleeping under the horizon.
The other disciples left,
but Mary stayed.
tears running down her face.
She said, They have taken my Lord away,
and I don’t know where they put him.
But here’s what Easter taught me:
if you think you’ve lost God,
if it feels like heaven has slipped through the cracks,
if you feel like the night will never end,
then know, there is no hide-and-seek with the divine
that doesn’t end in you being found.
God is closer than you think.
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Grace and peace,