Who needs encouragement?

The story of Jesus resurrection includes these encouraging words:
John 20:16-17 “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”). 17 “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
o When Jesus spoke that one word, “Mary”, she was changed. She had been weeping and in such grief as to not even recognize angels sitting in a tomb. Into her grief, Jesus got her attention. He called her by name, the sound of his voice reaching her ears.
o Although this is controversial, the word cling holds the connotation that someone is already touching. Being God, I like to think that there’s the possibility that he let her touch him, but not hold. He became fully alive to her.
o He redirected her attention from the past to a new vision through action: he gave her something to do… “Go find my brothers”.
o She became a forerunner, a messenger and her message was to announce the risen Christ. She prepared the way for the risen Christ even as John prepared the way for the Messiah.
o She was told the exact words to say: “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” She was included with a specific purpose in his family and honored to be the first to see and hear him.
o Her testimony became a challenge of faith for the disciples and others, and still is today.
Jesus is alive. Do you hear his voice? Do you know that He is fully alive and even now praying for you? Do you know your purpose, have his direction to you? He will answer you when you search for him, even as Mary Magdalene ran to the tomb. If you need help finding him, pray and ask God. Share your prayer request with others. And when you hear from him, share that with others, also. That is YOUR testimony.
Read the rest of the story, of how he appeared to the others and encouraged them in John 20.