Daily Devotion for July 1st: Where have you seen resurrection, new life or hope?

from Redeemer Member Karen Boda

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

                                 John 20:19-23

There have been countless times in my life when I have been left speechless. Times when I have been faced with such fear that my mouth is left hanging open. Times when I sit with someone and hear a story that is so beyond my comprehension and understanding that I am at a loss for words. Times when the news strikes, and I am immediately brought to tears, but no words come.
I am left speechless.  In a world where we so often feel that we have to solve every problem, fill every silence by saying exactly the right thing, and know all the answers, this silence can become deafening.
The day after my dad died, I really needed to get out of the house, so I went and sat on the driveway of our home. My heart was broken. A car drove up and parked at the end of the driveway. A dear friend got out, walked up the driveway, then embraced me in an enormous hug as only she could do. Not a single word was exchanged. After a few minutes of this silent hug, she went back to the car, grabbed a bag and brought it to me. “Oh, almost forgot the ham” she said, and then drove off.
The Holy Spirit was so very present in that silence. Through that silence, the Holy Spirit began to fill my life again with peace.
Dear and Gracious God,
You are present with us through your Word, your body and bread, your people, and especially in the silence. Help us to feel your presence and to know that you have always been, are today, and will always be with us. Help us to experience your peace beyond all understanding. Amen

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