Easter Sunday: April 20
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:1-6
This is THE day we’ve been waiting for all Lent. A time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. A time to show up in our Sunday’s best. A time to rejoice.
Yet here we have the prophet Jeremiah, a young man who reminds us of the challenges involved in taking up the call to speak hope to a world in crisis. In Jeremiah’s forty years of ministry, he witnessed exile, destruction and decline. How could he speak hope?
We, too have found ourselves wondering, where is hope to be found? In a time of economic, social and political turmoil, how do we find hope in the Christ whose resurrection we celebrate?
We take our cue from the words of Jeremiah:
Again, I will build you up
Again, you will play your tambourines
and dance with joy.
Again, you will plant vineyards
on the hills of Samaria;
Again. Again God brings life and joy and celebration.
Even in a world where a child dies every minute from Malaria, where half the world lives on less than $2.50/day, we are reminded that we are still God’s people, and again, God will build us. The same God that has loved us with an everlasting love all of our days.
So today, sing and play your tambourines and dance with joy, knowing that death is not the final word.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
In light of this, what is it we need to see with new eyes? #rethinkchurch
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Photo: Betty Pungo sits in front of the new mosquito net she received from Saving Lives in Sierra Leone, a part of the Imagine No Malaria campaign at her home near Bo, Sierra Leone. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.