April 6

Isaiah 42:1-9

“I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations…” vs. 6

The prophet believed, against all circumstantial evidence, that Israel had been called by the Lord, not to just occupy land in the Judean mountains, but to be a light to the nations. The “called people” had a universal mission: to open the eyes of the blind and bring release to all who were in bondage. And they would accomplish this, not by force of arms or bombastic threats, but with gentleness and tender humility. That mission direction is still in effect, and it’s never been needed more than today! We’ve arrived at the Monday of Holy Week amid the darkness of a massive pandemic that has had an impact on the people of every nation. Some are growing restless and yearning to be free of restrictions. Others are impatient and convinced that the end of the plague is near. If these were normal times we’d be looking forward to Good Friday and Easter and making plans to worship and celebrate. But this year we’re uncertain, wondering if our churches will even have services. One thing is sure! The Light of Christ will not be dimmed by panic or fear. In one way or another people of faith will discover creative means to remember the love of the cross and the light of the empty tomb. “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it!”

Thought for the Day: How will this Holy Week be creatively celebrated?

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