Monday in Holy Week, April 14, 2014

Morning Psalm: 51 | Evening Psalm: 69:1-23 
Lamentations 1:1-2, 6-12 | 2 Corinthians 1:1-7 | Mark 11:12-25
 
This week is a week of celebration for Christians all around the world. Christ has come, Christ has risen, and we are promised that Christ will come again. However, it would be naïve to think that all who are participating in worship this week do not find themselves stricken with sorrow. You might be burdened with a heavy heart and worship seems to be a struggle. You may be wounded by the sins of others and the promises of God seem distant. How can these sins and sorrows be intruding in our lives? This is the question on the tips of many tongues. 
 
Jeremiah asked a similar question. Jerusalem, the city of promise, was utterly destroyed in front of his eyes. This desolate city was a reality that was unfathomable. How could this be? Genuine grief filled the life of Jeremiah. What we need to grasp in times of sorrow is that the promises of God are not empty. Just as Jeremiah understood that it is God who is sovereign over all. “But you, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations” (Lam 5:19). As we celebrate and worship this week, we are to remember that Christ has conquered all sin and death, and while these trials might be temporary, the joy that we have in Christ is eternal.
 
When we worship through tears our faith becomes a radiant light in this dark world. This trust is a manifestation of the comfort that God gives His people, the sheep of His pasture. As Paul states, we are to be comforted by God in these times, and we are to let our consolation and salvation be a comfort to others. No matter our circumstance, let us worship this week fervently seeking the grace and comfort of the Lord our savior. 
 
Heavenly Father, let us not be downtrodden, but uplifted and comforted by You. We give thanks for Your Son, who had no place to rest His head, that He is able to be present in our sufferings. Let us worship You this week by the power of the great comforter, the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
Brian Barsottini 
MAR Student
Beaver Falls, PA

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