Take heart and hope from the promises of this Holy Week:
when you feel good and glad, Jesus joins your parade of celebration. When you gather at the table with people who
love you, Jesus is there; he serves you the bread, and he offers you the
cup. When you pray in loneliness and
fear, Jesus weeps and bleeds with you.
When you feel on trial and condemned, he stands with you as your
advocate and friend. When you have gone
down, down as far as death, you have not gone past the reach of Jesus’ saving
love. In him you rise, and you live. Go into
this week with the assurance that, whatever it brings, Jesus will bring you through
it and into full and joyful life. Amen.