Earlier this week I was at a North Carolina Conference event. One of the other attendees looked at me during the event and said, “You’re Chuck’s daughter! Your Dad and I attended seminary together. He was a good man.” They were simple words, words we almost expect to hear when someone has passed on, but the words were so beautiful to me. What a witness it was to hear from this man who clearly thought a lot of my Dad – after all, body language can tell you far more than words, and his body language showed me how much he respected my dad. Standing there, I was so proud to be recognized as the daughter of a good man. It was a powerful moment for me.
This Sunday when we look at Acts 9:36-43, we see how Peter has found new power after the resurrection of Jesus. When Tabitha, a good woman in the Joppa community, falls ill and dies, the saints and widows are heart-broken. They send for Peter who is in nearby Lydda. Peter arrives with new power, which leads to new life for many throughout Joppa.
After the resurrection, after Easter, we tend to go on with our ordinary lives. But there is nothing ordinary about the resurrection. Through the resurrection we are given new power. When we hear the voice of Jesus call our names, we follow him and receive power through the eternal life he offers. As we celebrate the sacrament of baptism this Sunday, let us all remember that because of the resurrection, we are the Body of Christ, baptized with water and the Holy Spirit. That’s powerful!