Scripture: Psalm 66
Key verse: (5) “Come and see what God has done.”
Reflection: We can only imagine the joyful noise the disciples made when they realized that Jesus was resurrected. The trauma of watching him die had left them in a state of shock. For three days they had huddled together in fear of what would happen next. Rome could be relentless and they wondered when they would be dragged out of their hiding place and crucified themselves for following Jesus. It’s hard to imagine, as we freely participate in and celebrate our faith, the kind of fear the disciples experienced. It’s hard to imagine their despair as they grieved the death of Jesus. But, because of God’s great power, nothing could keep Jesus in the grave and stop God’s love. Over time they would more fully understand this as they continued ministry in his name.
Today’s scripture reminds me that God does miraculous things. This psalm exclaims – “come and see what God has done!” For Israel, it was the miraculous freedom from slavery and the hope of a new life. For us, it is a reminder of the steadfast love of God that we can see all around us if we look carefully, even in the face of a pandemic. We worship and follow a living God who continues to work in the world whether we are under a stay at home order or not. In this Easter season, may we all make a joyful noise unto the Lord for all that God has done in the past, giving thanks that this same God will continue to be with us and will go ahead of us out into the world in ways we can’t even see yet. We don’t know what the future will bring, but no matter our future, God is with us.
Prayer: Loving God, we praise you for your love and care. Even when we are tested by life and we feel as if we are falling into the unknown, you are here. We are grateful that when we carry heavy burdens like fear and anxiety you will lead us to places of rest. Give us patience and give us hope as we wait. Remind us that we are resurrection people and nothing can stop your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].