For You From The Word
The women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy.
(Matthew 28:8, NIV)
For You To Think About
Can fear and joy fill your heart at the same time?
The women approached Jesus’ tomb very early in the morning with a plan to prepare His body for burial. They’d watched Him die a brutal death. Now, they stood in a cemetery during an earthquake. An angel appears and speaks to them. The women learn Jesus was resurrected. As they race out of the cemetery, the women bump into their risen Lord.
That’s a whole lot of life-shattering changes in the space of 48 hours. Who wouldn’t be a bit skittish … or even scared witless?
Yet at the same time, the women experienced an overwhelming joy. Jesus was alive! A new life awaited them.
Women who face an unplanned pregnancy can identify with those dueling emotions. They’ve experienced a life-changing piece of news … one that can fill their hearts with fear for the future and joy at what a new life will bring.
Then and now, Jesus’ response is the same: “Do not be afraid” (Matthew 28:10).
For You To Pray
Jesus is alive! Thank You for the joy we have in His resurrection. Touch the hearts of those who face an unplanned pregnancy this day. Let Your presence and Your power take away their fear and fill them with joy in the new life You have created.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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