I was listening to Sara Groves' "When the Saints Go Marching In" and was struck...
Jesus came and offered us peace. But that is not the same as comfort. We are called to live a radical life for the Lord. Look at the twelve sitting in that room, many were martyred, many gave their lives, Paul wrote joyfully from prison. Paul and Silas sang from their cells and the doors were opened. We are not called to a comfortable life, but a peaceful one. We are called to do as the disciples did and move confidently in the world for Him because we know our victory is certain, we are victoriously, even death could not keep our Lord down. We are called to live life in the joy and triumph and peace of our Lord, knowing challenges will come, but with the blessed assurance that He has already won! So let us take time to stop and celebrate His resurrection, asking Him to reveal to us what that should truly mean in our lives!
Hear it here. Or better yet, just go buy it on iTunes and let it blast in the car while you drive!
"I think of Paul and Silas in the prison yard. I hear their song of freedom rising to the stars
I see the shepherd Moses in the Pharaoh's court. I hear his call for freedom for the people of the Lord
I see the long quiet walk along the Underground Railroad. I see the slave awakening to the value of her soul
I see the young missionary and the angry spear. I see his family returning with no trace of fear
I see the long hard shadows of Calcutta nights. I see the Sister standing by the dying man's side
I see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor. I see the man with a passion come and kicking down that door
I see the man of sorrows and his long troubled road. I see the world on his shoulders and my easy load
And when the Saints go marching in I want to be one of them"