As I sit and write this, many of us are tired of what seems like a very long and brutally cold winter. We hope for spring! But we don’t get spring. Even toward the end of March the frigid temperatures persist and we find ourselves fortunate to be just missed by what forecasters were calling a Nor’easter bomb. Despite the cold, we still hope for spring.
As we enter April, we come to the most significant time of the Christian year as we celebrate Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. We remember that 2,000 years ago people were hoping for the Messiah. Some thought they had discovered him in Jesus of Nazareth and looked forward to the culmination of God’s plans only to have their hopes dashed when he was crucified by the Romans. And then came Easter. The impossible happened and hope was restored.
Our own lives reflect the disappointed longing for spring, the emotional roller coaster of Holy Week. We may have times where we feel our lives are finally ordered, steady and complete. But then disaster or disappointment hit us when we least expect it. Overwhelmed we may see no way out. God is there to see us through though. Hope can be reborn. Resurrections can happen in our own lives.
Join us for worship during Holy Week and Easter to confront the painful realities of our own lives and the hope that God can bring us.