March 25, 2016
The Rev. Todd R. Goddard, pastor
West Walworth: Zion & East Rochester United Methodist Churches
Night has fallen.
Darkness has covered nearly all the light.
Darkness is nearly complete.
We look around with growing anxiety,
Searching for something,
That we can see,
That we can become oriented,
Even as our souls are loopy with spiritual vertigo.
Preachers across the land struggle with what to say,
Clear their throats,
And weakly squeak out hindsight insight:
“Just wait for what is coming!” we are told
Which feels to me like the masses are being placated
and treated as if we are ignorant.
Others will maintain a stiff upper lip
And launch into a diatribe of atonement theology.
Please, just stop.
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, has been crucified and has died.
Jesus’ corpse isn’t even cold.
As uncomfortable as death might be;
You and I have been brought to this uncomfortable moment for a reason.
What might that be?
This is as dark as it gets.
There remains light.
Like the coldest day of winter,
The thermometer can only go up.
From this point forward,
Light will begin to grow.
Do not allow your confidence to be shaken.
This remains God’s world.
God is in control.
It is so important to remind ourselves of this fact,
Especially when our experience causes us to feel otherwise.
God has not died.
God has not gone.
We may not understand,
But we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt,
God is still our God.
God is still at our side.
Confidence instills hope.
Hope is contagious.
Hope and light will bust through this night.
Hope and light destroys the darkness.
Hope and light dries the tear and warms the heart.
Hope and light drives us from the foot of the cross
And draws us before the sun rise Sunday morning
to our Savior’s tomb.