Watching and Waiting for New Life… It’s Coming!
I am so excited that we are preparing to celebrate Easter worship in person and online this first Sunday of April! I am filled with hope as we move into this new season and looking forward to seeing many of you.
March of last year seems so very long ago when we stopped worshiping in person as our county, state and world shut down to the swift and horrifying spread of the coronavirus. I can barely remember those early days. So much was unknown and seemed unreal with news and pictures of people getting sick. Feeling bored or trapped at home, focused on any bit of news and exhausted by so many quick changes. While many people had mild cases, far too many filled hospitals and died more quickly than seemed possible. Families and communities have been impacted by loss and death, many having to choose between bad and worse. There has been much hardship in many aspects of life and society. Fear, anger and confusion spread as people responded to what was happening and fought over what was best.
It seems striking that this began in Lent 2020 as we move out of it in Lent 2021. This has been a Lenten year of sorrows. And we praise God that Lent ends with the victory of Easter! Lent is a time of preparing to welcome the wonder of the Easter resurrection. And it is feeling quite miraculous!
The movement from grief to life does not happen quickly. Thankfully, Jesus is intimately with us in our sorrows and not watching from a distance. Remember that the disciples needed time to live into God’s new thing. They watched for and followed Jesus as life changed far more than they could imagine. Jesus filled them with new purpose, vision and courage to be his representatives in the world.
What sorrows do you bring to Jesus’ cross in hopes of resurrection? We join with the Apostle Paul who says in Romans 8:28, “We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.” We wait in anticipation of what new thing God will do.
Surely, we will be processing this for a while. We praise God that Jesus sacrificed and suffered for us all with grace and the truth of God’s kingdom, defeating death in the power of His resurrection victory. Let’s watch together for God’s Spirit and follow Jesus for the good of God’s kingdom!