Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
let those who love your salvation say forever, “Great is the Lord!”
Here, we find ourselves smack in the middle of Holy Week. What began as a celebration on Palm Sunday is beginning to turn to something horrific. Our Lenten Season this year has felt longer than usual due to the “stay at home order” and all that goes with it.
Have you taken the time to draw closer to God? Have you made time to read God’s Holy Word and be in conversation with God and God’s people? Have you dared to be thankful? Often in the midst of great difficulty and crisis we find great challenge in being thankful. As God’s Children it is our purpose and responsibility to remain thankful, especially in the midst of difficulty.
Even as we venture further into this Holy Week, may we be open to the many ways in which we can remain thankful, even for that which is difficult. For God promises to make all things new! Great is our God!!!
Listen to me, O coastlands,
pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver, he hid me away.
And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
Yesterday we focused on how we might bring the light of Christ to our hurting world. Today, we take that assignment a bit further and seek restoration, healing. We go beyond simply seeing or sharing the light, the story of Jesus, and allow it to transform us and others from the inside out. Jesus' powerful act of humility and service restores us if we allow it. Open your heart this day to the healing power of Jesus.
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
Today marks Monday of Holy Week. Our attention is drawn to the impact this remarkable week has not only upon us but history. As Jesus takes on the greatest of sacrifices, may we too ponder how God is calling each of us to sacrifice and find a way to bring justice to our hurting world. The message to each of us is that as a servant of Christ, it is our assignment to bring the bright light of Christ to the world.
an adjective; not moving or making a sound
a verb; nevertheless, all the same
a noun; deep silence and calm, stillness
Throughout scripture, we hear the words “still” or “be still”. Words that guide and direct. Words that remind us what this earthly life is really all about. Preparing for that which is to come. That which we cannot see. Cannot touch. Cannot understand. But it remains.
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Nehemiah 8:11 “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”
Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Jeremiah 47:6 “‘Alas, sword of the Lord, how long till you rest? Return to your sheath; cease and be still.’
Zechariah 2:13 “Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”
Mark 4:39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down, and it was completely calm.