Hebrews 2: 14-15
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death- that is, the devil- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
This passage reminds me how complicated and powerful Jesus’ death was in that day and every day after. When I hear these words in a prayer, or as some other aspect of our Sunday service, their meaning does not always hit home. This is ironic, since I have wasted so many precious minutes of my life worrying about death. I am not nearly as ruled by worry as I was as a younger woman, but it still happens. I am free of the need for that kind of worry. As I get older, this is an easier lesson for me to accept.
Holy One, I am thankful for your gifts. Sometimes I have a hard time accepting them, but I know you love me when I read these words again. Amen