by Artist Eye
Jesus stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you!” John 20:19
This is the season of marvelous stories: complete strangers turn out, lo and behold, to be The Long Lost Loved One, insufferable mourning lifts its head and discovers The Lord of the Dance, and doors locked for fear give way to the Prince of Peace. Sometimes I get jealous of those disciples being with Jesus. Some days when I am all too painfully aware of the persistence of those lies I still believe, those resentments I still cling to, and those attitudes that still war against God and hide out behind my closed doors, I think, “How did they get so lucky?” But, I have to say, I am grateful that they were never stingy about sharing their lives because it’s all their wonderful, wonder-filled stories that see me through the rough patches, encourage me to lift up my head, help me to unbar the door.