|Published on Sat, Apr 25, 2020 3:04 PM|
Meditation for 28 April 2020 by Marti Riley
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Col. 1:13-14
We have journeyed through the season of Lent once again and have entered the season of Easter. Hallelujah! This has been a journey many of us consider coming from darkness into the light, because in Lent everything is much more somber: the cross is covered in purple or black, there are no flowers on the altar, on Maundy Thursday the altar is stripped bare. We are bereft of all we know, all the comfort we usually seek in our house of worship. This year has been even more trying as we deal with the sad reality of self-isolation during this pandemic. But while we may still be isolated from each other, God is working through and within us. Our journey through perceived darkness is really a time of preparation to receive the most precious gift we could ever hope for. It’s one we all know we don’t deserve but are still blessed with by Grace: redemption of our sins through the light of Christ!
As children we may be afraid in the dark; it hides all that is familiar and comforting. Shadows become scary monsters and noises we don’t notice during the day become sinister whispers, keeping us awake and cowering under the covers. There are even times when we call out to our parents to rescue us from the evils of the unknown and they lovingly rescue us by turning on the light. They tell us there is nothing to fear in the dark, perhaps reminding us that God is always with us and will always protect us whenever we are frightened. But, just to be sure, they leave the door ajar so we can see the soft, warm glow of the hall light and we feel safe once more.
Whatever struggles we are dealing with during this time of uncertainty, as children of God, we know that there is one thing we can always rely on: the love of God who gave his beloved Son as our one and only redeemer. He is the light for us to follow the rest of our lives; and we only have that light because Jesus gave his life for ours. He passed through the ultimate darkness so we don’t have to.
We may be isolated from each other for a while and it may seem as if darkness is overwhelming us because of our isolation and fear of the Coronavirus; but through His light we can reach out to each other, keep in contact with each other and show our love and compassion for each other in prayer. We are the tangible expression of His light, here and now. Let us continue to share that light today and every day. He is risen! Alleluia!
Exodus 19:1-16 Psalm 26 & 28 Colossians 1:1-14 Matthew 3:7-12