Daily Devotion – April 2, 2018

Isaiah 25:6–9
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear.
And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
he will swallow up death for ever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Reflection by Janet Derby

The waiting for the good news of resurrection is over, and I am so glad. It’s not just because I want to be able to eat cookies and candy again. Lent was difficult for me this year, more so than I anticipated. Perhaps my expectation was that it would be easier, being the second year since my son’s death. Perhaps the seemingly unending negative information in the news continues to depress me. Whatever the reason, I was anxious to get past the point of being reminded of pain and suffering and the singing of mournful music. While sorrow has its positive side and allows us to recognize that the world needs our care, it is also important to know that God will triumph in the end. We will feast on God’s blessings and every tear will be wiped away. As the choir sang yesterday, I am ready to set the alleluias free. Alleluia!

Victorious God,Thank you for being with us in sorrow and in joy. Help us to remember that no matter the circumstances, all will be well. Amen.

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