I would have finished this article for a bit earlier, but I have spent quite a bit of time waiting. My computer had the regular update and when things restarted it took some time for everything to settle and the computer to start behaving as it should. And whilst it may have been frustrating it fitted in well with my topic to write about for this month – the topic of waiting.
If 6am on Easter Sunday was a bit early for you, here's Emma's talk from the Sunrise service:
What are you like with surprises? Does the idea of a surprise party fill you with joy or horror? Do you relish the adrenaline of the unexpected or prefer to know exactly what is round the corner? I am always impressed with Jesus’ restraint when he first encounters the women who have been told he has risen from the dead, because if I were him, I wouldn’t have gone with ‘greetings’ I’d have gone ‘surprise!’ Because it was a surprise, even though perhaps it shouldn’t have been, even though he had told his followers he would rise from the dead, when they got to that moment where a distant and forlorn hope became reality they were surprised.