Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
“WHEW – WHAT A WEEK!” Often our first reaction to hearing those words is to imagine a time of exhaustion -glad the week is over. Sometimes it might reflect days of pure splendor. As I write this column, my reference is to “WHAT A WEEK OF HOLINESS AND GRATITUDE!”
In the Jewish tradition, this day begins a week of “PASSOVER.” What a week which calls for remembering and celebrating God’s amazing deliverance of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt, and setting them on their way to freedom in the Promised Land. WHAT A WEEK OF GRATITUDE FOR GOD’S GRACE!
In the Christian tradition, this week is known as “HOLY WEEK/EASTER.” What a week which calls for remembering and celebrating God’s amazing deliverance of the Christian believer from the penalty and life of sin and death, and offering the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. WHAT A WEEK OF GRATITUDE FOR GOD’S GRACE!
Right now, some dear reader of this column is bound to interrupt, “Sounds great, but why are you sending these words NOW?! Those weeks are over. That is old news. Get with it!
I suggest it is not old news at all. It is the most current, important, life transforming news you can read. Yes, the specific celebrations of “Passover” and “Holy Week/Easter” have faded to make room for the next money-maker: Mother’s Day. But for the person yearning for true deliverance into a life here and now and forever, the weeks of Passover and Holy Week/Easter trumpet a call that God is not confined to the seasons as defined by Hallmark. Both Passover and Holy Week/Easter proclaim a gift of grace God offers every week of our lives. All that is necessary on our part is to say, “God, it is not in my power or ability to gain this deliverance on my own. I need your grace.” Then every week becomes “WOW! WHAT A WEEK!”