In the Christian world the Easter weekend is like a spiritual mountain top. The climb starts on Friday as most churches start the weekend off with a Good Friday meal and or a worship service. This service reminds us of the suffering Jesus did for each and every one of us. It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming. Next comes Saturday. Saturday is usually filled with family time and Easter Egg Hunts of all kinds. We gather together as families or communities and let our kids hunt for thousands of eggs filled with candy and toys. Through all this the Gospel is presented and we just keep climbing the “spiritual mountain”. It’s Saturday, but Sunday is coming. The peak of the “spiritual mountain” comes Sunday morning when church is filled and adults and children alike are hearing the Gospel and celebrating a risen Lord. As a Christian you cannot really ask for more of a spiritual high than that. However, as in life where there are mountains you are sure to find valleys. If you find yourself in one of those valleys have hope. The reason we celebrate Easter should be hope enough that those valleys are just temporary for Christians. Jesus paid the price for your sins and mine and we know that we can look to him and he will draw us out of the valley and back to him if we just allow him to. Are you in a “spiritual valley” this week? If so let me pray for you as we close.
Dear God, we thank you for both the spiritual mountains and valleys in our lives. We ask that you will be with us in our highs and lows and draw us closer to you. Allow us to seek comfort in your nail scared hands. Help us to see that even though we may be in a valley you gave us that hope and forgiveness of our sins that we may not have to stay in these valleys long. I pray for all those who read this. I pray for encouragement and perseverance through tough times. In Jesus name, Amen.