On Palm Sunday many churches distribute palm branches which are waved in the air to rejoice over what the Lord has done for us, but this year we had to celebrate at home. Many Christians hung a palm branch or piece of greenery on their door to show their neighbors that nothing could stop their praise.
Holy Week is a good time to count our blessings and consider the miracles that the Lord has worked in our life. At times the road ahead looked dark and we saw no way out but then He worked a miracle. One of my favorite gospel songs is called “Jesus is a Way Maker” and it says “When I was sick, He made me well. He healed my body, now I can tell. When I was lonely, He was my friend. He’ll stick right with me until the end. When I was down, He picked me up, my Jesus loves me and that’s enough. Jesus is a way maker……”
So, wave your palm branch for all the times that Jesus made a way for you because you have seen hard times before. This is not the first time you have faced difficulty and uncertainty in your life. The Lord brought you through before and he can do it again. Wave your palm branch of praise because the same God that was on the mountaintop with us in the booming economy of the past year is still with us now in the valley of sudden massive unemployment and fear of disease. Wave your palm branch of praise for how the Lord is walking with you through the coronavirus pandemic one day at a time.
If your church is closed and not yet offering online worship services, or you do not use the internet – please join me next Sunday. On Facebook at 7 a.m. I will offer a traditional Sunrise Service on the Emanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton page, or you can also attend on the phone by dialing 605-313-6045 and use access code 856552 to hear the service. At 4 p.m. next Sunday I will offer a traditional Easter worship service on Facebook and by conference call in the same way. Nothing – not even a pandemic – can stop Easter from coming for God’s people.
Rev. Smith is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.net and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or email@example.com or P.O. Box 3311 Hickory NC 28602.
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