A Church with a Heart for our Community

April 18th Thursday

Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! Wow! another day of life and the ability to see-hear-touch-listen to-talk about-smell-taste all the facets of life that will come my way – our God is an awesome God! I trust that you are having a good week and are ready for the Easter weekend – there is much to experience! I will be praying for you today, asking Father to reveal himself and his purpose/plan for you in ways that you will never have expected…and that good health, happy hearts, and bright hopes will surround you and your family!

I like the experience of Holy Week – it is like a divine, multi-dimensional amusement park ride. Sometimes it feels like you are on a roller-coaster…exciting moments, scary dips and dives, challenging climbs that you know will leading to breath-holding descents, and meandering stretches were you get to see the scenery, and those points when you are almost at a standstill before the next rapid change. You know the stories – Palm Sunday to shake-up in the temple, to conversations with friends, to sharing meals with laughter and purpose, intimate moments when oil and fragrance fill the room, the upper room gathering, the scenes in the garden-the temple-the palace-the courtyards-the street-Golgotha-the cemetery and tomb. You know the feelings – laughter, joy, fear, love, uncertainty, confusion, heart break, anger, frustration, defeat, despair, betrayal, disbelief, amazement, relief, excitement, hope, urgency, and wonder.

This week has been a time to listen to the sounds of Holy Week through music. Someone has said that we ‘sing our theology’ and that much of what we know about this season has been taught to us through songs, psalms, and spiritual songs. I watched with the rest of the world the happenings and listened to the conversations that came with the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral However, one image sticks in my mind – the picture of the altar the next morning with the cross reflecting the light that was shining upon it…and the charred beams-debris-rubble in the foreground…at the foot of the cross.

In my mind, I could here the words of John Bowring: In the cross of Christ I glory-Towering o’er the wrecks of time-All the light of sacred story-Gathers round its head sublime…When the foes of life o’ertake me-Hopes deceive and fears annoy-Never shall the cross forsake me-Lo! it glows with peace and joy…Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure-By the cross are sanctified-Peace is there that knows no measure-Joys that through all time abide … In the cross of Christ I glory – Towering o’er the wrecks of time.

Many blessings on your Easter weekend – a season of renewal, rebirth, fresh starts.!