And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”
- I’ve heard of, but not really had time to catch up with or respond to, some of the amazing things that happened for people during Holy Week. Mostly, a sense of deep appreciation for Christ and the Cross seems to have pervaded, once again, everything we do.
- The silence and intensity of the Tenebrae service on Maundy Thursday combined with our Good Friday services at our branches reminded me that believers are always “in the mood” for the Cross. We want to see that which is hard to look at, because this is where we gain our assurance of God’s love. This is where salvation happens for us. We can’t turn our eyes away from Him.
- The joy of Easter is no flash in the pan. It is timeless. All true joy must be. Easter rids us of the thought that it is too late or that not enough has been done. Jesus changes the rules of the universe by asserting His position as the King of the Universe. Whatever Jesus is in charge of is going to be worked out. It is going to go well, even if it appears not to be going well at this moment.
- Gratitude is the primary sign of authentic Christian spiritual life.
Lord, today may not be one of those days when I feel like shouting for joy, but even if it is not, help me to understand that being amazed and filled with awe about something You’ve done is a standard feature of life with You and life in You. I am grateful for You and to You no matter what. Amen.