I suspect we all have days when we are hit with news that makes us wonder “Can I ever catch a break.” Just as there are times when we are called to confront injustice, serve our fellow man, or bring happiness and joy to all we meet; in the balance and harmony of our life, there are also times when we are called to simply survive- to persevere against the onslaught of life and unfairness. My football coach used to remind that at some point in the game you just need to scratch, and claw, and hold on. There are times for touchdowns, interceptions, and  long punt returns, but the game, like the game of life, has those times when you simply hang on by your fingernails and persevere.

The disciples right after the crucifixion huddled in the corner, expecting at any minute the door to be busted open and they too would be taken to their death. Everything they expected to happen — hadn’t, they were leaderless and afraid, as we all are from time to time. But Jesus did return, and they ventured out to the world to share God’s message. We too will venture out to spread God’s message, but also be aware that there are also stormy times – times when we are called to have faith and to simply persevere.


Editor’s Note: Luis Leon’s sermon on Easter Sunday is available to be podcast. Go to and click on “Hear sermons.”

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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