“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb…”In her grief, Mary is at the tomb. She is there early, in darkness. The resurrection light dawns on her before many others. Jesus speaks powerfully into her life, because she is there, at the tomb, on the first day, early, in the darkness. Where are you these days in your life? Do you seek the Lord in the high places, in the exuberant celebrations, in the noise? Sometime we find him by the tomb places. He is risen! Resurrect us Lord!
“Rachael weeping for her children…because they are no more.” Christians often stand shocked at the evil of this world. Do not be shocked, embedded in the Christmas story itself is a mass murder to satisfy the threatened king’s power, bruised ego or mental illness. It is in the midst of the suffering and the evil of this world that Jesus comes; “God with us” in and through it all. What shocks me? Am I aware of “God with us” in the midst of all circumstances? – Be with us Lord Jesus we pray. Strengthen and comfort all those who grieve…
“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.” When the people grieve and weep over what they had been missing of God’s mercies, godly leaders guided them, not just to correction, but to joyful response. Do you tend to focus on God’s correction with those you minister with? Where might God call you and the people you work with to simply rejoice in God and find strength for what is ahead? Jesus, merciful savior, let the joy of the Lord be our strength.
“but he refused to be comforted…” When Joseph’s brother’s sold him to Egypt and led Jacob to believe he was dead, he refused to be comforted. He would “grieve until he joined his son in the grave.” All of us experience loss. Leaders are not exempt from loss. What loss(es) have you experienced recently? How is it influencing your relationships, your family and your work? Do you find comfort in God? How is He bringing comfort to you these days? – Comfort your people O Lord, strengthen them to endure through the many losses of life.