On Saturday we were rejoicing with those who rejoiced as we celebrated the wedding of Nigel and Suzanne. On Sunday we celebrated the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but it's not long before we're reminded of the brokenness of this world. By Sunday evening there was the tragic loss of the McGrotty family. We weep with those who lost loved ones in this awful accident. And then the devastating attacks in Belgium happened. And again we weep. We pray for God's peace that passes understanding in these troubling times.
We're also grateful where for the week is heading - Good Friday. Why's it called good? An innocent man crucified at the hands of an angry mob, doesn't sound good. And yet it was the ultimate in self-sacrifice that means one day He will make all things new - there will be no more tears, no more need to weep with those who weep for there will only be rejoicing (Revelation 21:1-4) for all who trust Him.
Sean McGrotty thought not about his own interests as he sought to save his baby and went back in the sinking car to try and rescue others. It was a heroic act that cost him his life. Then there was the sacrifice of the man who stripped off everything to dive into the freezing waters to save the baby. We give thanks for their loving sacrifices. This week we also give thanks for the loving sacrifice of our Lord Jesus who left the riches of heaven, to join us in this broken world, he was stripped of everything to save those who were his enemies. "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8). That's what makes Good Friday good, there is a fresh start available and a promise of a wonderful restored creation for all who trust in Him, a place of no tragedies or terrorists. But while we wait we often weep ourselves, and join others in weeping, we pray for comfort and trust in the one who has shown us His unfailing love.
Someone asked me yesterday where is safe?
There's only one safe place - "in the shelter of the Most High" - the one who can get us through death and out the other side, and gives us the comfort and strength while we wait.