Hey Harvest Community Family,
It was good to be with you in your homes, on your phones or whatever way you connected to our stream on Sunday. Thanks for tuning in and keeping Harvest a regular part of your Sunday. Even though we are not gathered physically in person we are still together in worship and God's Word.
So glad for this great weather we having been having this week. It is nice to be able to get outside breathe the fresh air, have a bonfire, take a walk or bike ride. It is good for us to soak up that vitamin D anyway we can during this time. The sun infuses us with chemicals in our brain the help us cope with the changing times we are in. Much like the way Jesus touches us when we allow the rays of His love, grace and mercy into our heart. It infuses us with new purpose, hope and courage to face all the circumstances of life.
Just like the first Disciples when they were huddled in the upper room we all need the touch of Jesus in our life. We also need to allow Him to "touch" us. It is easy to harden our heart and just put on a strong facade during these days but we need to allow His touch into the deepest part of our mind and heart.
I believe that part of Thomas's doubt was brought on because he did not want to be hurt again. To believe that Jesus is alive took for him to open and be vulnerable again. And after having the hopes and dreams of the one you spent three years following destroyed and killed in a single moment would cause any of us to build up walls to protect ones mind, heart and hope.
Thomas had the opportunity to allow those walls to fall by physically touching the Risen Christ. We too, also have the opportunity to allow our walls to fall by letting the Spirit of Jesus touch the depths of our mind, heart and soul. Jesus reminds us, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John goes on to write, "But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
Remember that as Resurrection Christians we are “touched.” If you live out what it means to be resurrection people, especially in the doom and gloom of the days that we are living in.
Just a few reminders.
Know that you are loved and being prayed for and look forward to another great weekend together, just in a different way but still being "touched" by Jesus and power of the Holy Spirit.
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene