It’s Monday. Not just any Monday but the Monday after Easter, the Monday after Spring Break, the Monday before a new unit of Bible study that begins tomorrow, and, oh yeah, April Fool’s all rolled into one. I will go out on a limb and predict that it will also be a Monday wherein much coffee will be consumed.
We had a wonderful day yesterday. As has been my custom in years past, I invited friends over for lunch who, like us, were unable to be with family for the holiday. There were 21 of us here for Easter lunch–including my oldest home for the weekend yes and amen–and we had a great time! We all brought food so there was plenty to eat (including my friend’s fabulous homemade rolls). We had a full house, to be sure, some of us grouped in front of the tv watching basketball, some of us out on the porch chatting about everything from dress shopping to bangs to podcasts. It was a good day. I missed being with my family but I was glad to be able to celebrate with my husband and my boys and our friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
The goodness of our day was not only in terms of food and fellowship. Our Easter celebration at church was wonderful as well. I love my church and our gathering yesterday was marked by eager gladness and joyous worship. I think we would collectively testify with the psalmist: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!'” (Ps. 122:1)
My pastor has been preaching through the book of Romans, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. I know that I am probably biased but I firmly believe I have the privilege of hearing some of the best preaching and teaching there is and this past Sunday was among the best of the best. By the providence of God, the text for yesterday, Easter Sunday, was Romans 9:14-18. Surely Romans 9 is one of the more difficult and therefore most overlooked passages of the Bible. “I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion,” says the Lord, quoted in Romans 9:15. This is a difficult truth–the freedom of God in His mercy–one we want to dismiss or argue or ignore. Listen or watch as my pastor explores what it means for the Lord to have compassion on whom He will in the context of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus, and the storyline of the Bible as a whole, as well as my salvation and your salvation.
Happy Monday, friends!