I came across this story during the week – One of the jobs of a big city pastor was to travel to little country towns where they didn’t have churches and conduct funeral services. He would go with a funeral director and they would drive to the service in the director’s hearse.
One time, they were on their way back from a funeral and the pastor was feeling very tired, so he decided to take a nap. He thought, “Well, I’ll just lie down in the back of the hearse for a bit.”
The funeral director who was driving the hearse pulled into a service station, because he was running low on petrol. The service station attendant came out and started to fill up the car and nearly freaked out when he looked in the back and saw a body stretched out lying down.
While filling the car, the pastor woke up, opened his eyes, knocked on the window and waved at the attendant. The pastor never saw anybody run so fast in his whole life.
When people see life in the places they were expecting death, they can start running.
After Jesus was crucified he rose again on the third day. He appeared to his disciples and declared, “I’m alive.” When people saw Jesus they started running and telling the news to all who would listen.
As we prepare our hearts and minds for the weeks to come, may the “Good News” of the resurrection of Jesus set our feet to running to tell our friends, relatives, neighbors the story of God’s love and the “Good News” that Jesus is alive, no matter where we are.
Have a safe Easter everyone – Andrew