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God comes to meet us

April 6, 2009

by Rev. Matthew Sipe Delano United Methodist Church

We are entering a week of anticipation. The beginning of this week marks the start of Holy Week and the anticipation of Christ’s resurrection by Christians around the world.

Easter is the great 50-day feast of remembering God’s saving works in Christ. It is also interesting that the world seems to be in the midst of anticipation, as well.

People in the Fargo/Moorhead area are waiting in anticipation for waters to recede. Businesses are awaiting more customers. Some await the return of troops and an end to war.

Americans are waiting to see what will happen to the economy and our local jobs here in Wright County. Some wonder how this summer’s construction might affect Delano.

Some are wondering when this place will explode with green. And let’s face it, warm weather seems to be right around the corner.

As we move through this Holy Week, let us be reminded that our anticipation is met by God, who comes to meet us. The Upper Room, the Last Supper, Good Friday – all lead up to God’s mighty acts of salvation.

It is through the experiences and anticipation that Holy Week offers us that we are enveloped into the story of God and His mighty acts of salvation through Jesus Christ. We come to realize that we truly seek newness and freshness in our lives. The long dark days of winter cannot hold their grip on us forever, and we understand that we are a people in need of saving.

It is the longing desire of creation to live in harmony with God, but the amazing thing is that this is also God’s desire for us. Jesus said to his disciples, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32)

During this Holy Week, know that God’s Spirit is reaching out to us and drawing each of us into the story of God’s people. As we wait and pray, let us focus on this loving desire of God.