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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Easter Vigil: A Period of Waiting with Hope

“After the sabbath as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone and sat upon it.  His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow.  The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men.  Then the angel said to the women in reply, ‘Do not be afraid!  I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.  He is not here for he has been raised just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  (Matthew 28: 1-6).

We will notice that whenever a great message has to be proclaimed, an angel’s appearance is imminent.  Truly, an angel is a messenger of God.  This signifies the royalty of Jesus as kings on earth also has emissaries before them.  The crux of these passages is:  “He is not here but he has been raised just as he said.”   God’s Word is infallible, true and lasting.  It’s only for us to receive it with great faith.  Let us welcome Jesus in our hearts!  Indifference has no place at this time.  “Be not afraid” as the Lord always remind us.  At this moment of COVID 19 plague, let us trust the Lord that He will let us go through this time of uncertainty and difficulty.  For God is bigger than any plague.  It will pass just like the other plagues before.  Keep the faith, for it is impossible to please God without the eyes of faith.   Let us pray for all of those who died that God may forgive all of their sins and may they be brought to eternal rest by His great mercy and grace.  Let us pray too for all of those infected in the world that God’s grace may bring them to full recovery!   For nothing is impossible for God especially for those who put their trust in Him.

Dear Lord, grant mercy to your people!  Relent for we all have sinned!   Please give chance to all of your erring children.  We are contritely sorry for all of our sins.  May we find again your friendship and may you save us and the whole world 🌍 from COVID 19.   We trust in you, we love you forever and ever.  Amen.

Cynthia Abegail

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