We are in what is referred to as Passion Week. It is that week that lies between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday. It is called Passion Week because of the passion with which Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins. He wasn’t forced against His will. And, He wasn’t killed. He willingly and passionately went to the cross where He gave up His life of His own accord for you and me. In three days it will be Good Friday, the only holiday we Christians acknowledge but do not celebrate – but Sunday’s coming!
I hope you are adjusting to our “now” normal. The experts tell us that this and next week are expected to be the worst weeks before things begin to take a turn for the better. But, even after the new cases and deaths begin to decrease, we don’t know how long it will take before we can come out from under the restrictions of shelter-in-place and social distancing. These words were not even in our vocabulary a few weeks ago, and now they define our society. I cannot convey to you how much I miss all of you and am looking forward to our gathering back at church, shaking hands, and hugging.
As we make the most of the circumstances that have been thrust upon us, let’s stay positive and encouraging (easier said than done!) Seek ways to serve, minister, and rejoice. Paul reminds us to, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
Thank you to all of you who are donating food, supplies and money for the relief of those who are in need! Thank you to those who are making masks for those who need them! Thank you for those who are phoning/texting/messaging/tweeting/etc. to check on folks and encourage them! Thank you to those who are even finding and sharing humor to help lighten our collective mood! Thank you to all of you who are remaining faithful to our church by watching the livestream services and sending in your tithes and offerings! Thank you for all who are praying!
This coming Sunday we will celebrate Easter separately together. Gather those in your household around your TV, computer, tablet, or smart phone at 10am as we praise our risen Savior! I am looking forward to “seeing” you then!
In the Name of Our God Who is Faithful,