Lamentations 3:55-58

I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit; you heard my plea,
Do not close your ear to my cry for help, but give me relief!”
You came near when I called on you; you said, “Do not fear!”
You have taken up my cause, O Lord, you have redeemed my life.

Do not fear

About now, we might be saying, “This staying home is the pits.” What can we do? Where can we go?”

Even going to the grocery store is a COVID-19 hot spot, a risky place to go. So we feel trapped, without even a ladder to help us climb out of our pit. As emotional and physical distress builds, we cry out, “When is this going to end?”

These verses from Lamentations give us hope. Read them again. Even as we cry out for help, for relief, the Lord says, “Do not fear!” With that, we know we have been redeemed.

Tomorrow is the beginning of Holy Week. Although our church doors are closed, there will be palms to pick up this morning outside those doors. On Maundy Thursday morning, Easter lilies will be there in the same place, physical tokens of our virtual celebrations on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, culminating in our Easter celebration when we rejoice again in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.

I know that my redeemer lives!

What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

He lives, he lives, who once was dead:

He lives my ever living head!

—Arline Johnson


Prayer:  Help us, Lord, to know each day, each hour, that you are with us, calling to us in whatever pit we find ourselves, assuring us that you are with us at all times.

To ponder:  What can you do while at home to make your life—and the lives of all who are on the front lines and in overcrowded hospitals—be filled with the comforting knowledge of your love?