Saturday, April 20, 2019

Matthew 28:8 -- On Fear and Joy and Recognizing the Spirit

"And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word."
Matthew 28:8

I really like the phrase "fear and great joy" here, talking about the overwhelming and possibly conflicting emotions that were experienced by the women who talked to the angel that said that Christ was risen.  I think that awe and joy are often mixed together when we have spiritual experiences, and it is actually that unique emotion that can often help us recognize spiritual experiences.

For the women in this verse of course, it was obvious.  They had just seen an angel.  For us though, it takes time and practice to learn to recognize the spirit in our lives. Today, let's pay attention to how we feel when we read our scriptures, when we pray, and when we have spiritual conversations.  If we notice a pattern, that can help us to understand when the spirit is trying to reach us, and like young Samuel, we can respond and say "Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth" (1 Samuel 3:9-10).

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