Not only that, but as Levison also notes there is intimacy here—much like a kiss on the mouth.
And with this breathing in of the Spirit, Levison writes: “Jesus gives to his friends the new found authority of the Spirit, to forgive or not – but not from arm’s length.
And in case you missed it, John lets us know that Mary Magdalene is the first witness to the resurrection (an apostolic qualification).
For those who remember the days of the Sunday evening service, when we would return to the church for another round of songs and a sermon, the remainder of John 20 might serve as a foundation for such events.
We are a few days past a divisive election, with an uncertain future.
I will have more to say in the near future about my hopes and concerns. I'm not a Veteran, but I am the son of a World War II veteran.
This is our hope and our dream, that one day there will be no need for war anymore.
I'm using a picture of the Vietnam Memorial Wall as a reminder how soldiers and veterans of that war were treated when they came home. This is my way of serving my community and those who are called upon to protect and serve.
We come before you, God of all nations, to honor those who have served in the military of this country with dignity and courage.
But, since wars do happen, and women and men are called upon to serve their country, we must give thanks for their service.
We honor our veterans, whether they volunteered or were drafted, whether they were enlisted or officers, because they gave of themselves for others.