April 12, 2020
It’s Saturday … that day that once a year – falls between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. It’s a day of silence, a day of waiting. The disciples were somber, devastated, scared and sure their hopes and dreams for the future were smashed like waves on the shore.
It’s the 3rd week of a shelter at home order – an unexpected time of upheaval, often dramatic change, isolation, depression and for many of us – a much slower lifestyle. We, like the disciples have gathered our households together. The uncertainty has left many people anxious, discouraged, and unsure of the future.
If you are an essential employee, working the front lines of the COVID 19 pandemic – you have another whole list of concerns. We acknowledge your sacrifice and appreciate all you are doing. Thank you!
But tomorrow is Sunday. If there was ever a day that gives us hope, it is resurrection Sunday! It's the empty tomb of Jesus that gives us HOPE! Hope in the here-in-now and hope in the here-after! I'm talking about a certainty - a KNOW-SO kind of HOPE! During a season when nothing is like it has ever been, when as one worker said to me today “It doesn’t even feel like a holiday!” we can have hope. We can hold on to the truth, found in the Word of God … I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16.33.
Today, and tomorrow, and the tomorrows to come – hold on to these words. Stand on the promises of a God who loves you, the work of a risen Savior – He’s alive! We can trust that His word is true! He has promised He will never leave or forsake us … Halleluiah! And Hosanna!! And Amen.