Slow your breathing and become aware of the taking in and letting out of your breath. Focus on putting things aside so you will be open to what God is saying to you today.
Exodus 12:21-27 (NRSV)
Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. None of you shall go outside the door of your house until morning. For the LORD will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children. When you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this observance. And when your children ask you, ’What do you mean by this observance?’ you shall say, ’It is the passover sacrifice to the LORD, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed down and worshiped.
Passover is the festival of unleavened bread. It became a reminder of how God delivered the Hebrews from Egypt. The people would pause to remember the day when the death angel passed over their homes. They gave thanks to God for saving them from death and bringing them out of sin.
Today, we have experienced deliverance as well. The Lord’s Supper is our Passover, for through its observance we remember what Christ has done for us. In Christ we have a new life and freedom from sin. When you are struggling, focus on God’s promise of new life.
God, help us to understand that we can have new life in you. Reveal to us that, even today, we have been delivered from the cruelness and can come to you for anything. Amen.
Go with God.