Pay attention to the tension in your body. Let go of it and any expectations to do anything, but God’s will today. Prepare yourself to hear God’s word.
Exodus 13:3-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the Lord brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten. Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this observance in this month. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to the Lord. Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen in your possession, and no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory. You shall tell your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips; for with a strong hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt. You shall keep this ordinance at its proper time from year to year.
I have recently done some work for the coming Fall Encounter…you should give it a try. One of the lessons led me to a deeper study on the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. I found out that the Passover has a moment when children ask their parents questions about the Passover meal and the adults answer. In doing this questioning and answering the Passover story is commemorated and passed on to a new generation. Then when the Feast of Unleavened Bread is observed a child ask why do we eat unleavened bread. The response, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’
We are in the middle of a pandemic. I haven’t had communion in over a month. I will probably miss it again the first week of April. I am assuming that I will not have communion until Easter Sunday. When I take communion I am going to tell my family, “I do this for what the Lord did for me.”
God thank you for Jesus Christ who has saved me. Thank you for Jesus Christ who has saved my brothers and sisters from all times and all places. I love you Lord. Amen.
Go with God!