Thirty-Eighth Day of Lent, Maundy Thursday

Psalm 137

For so many of us we are like the captives who-in the opening of Psalm 137 are sitting beside the rivers of Babylon weeping and mourning for something or someone that once held a very special place in our hearts. Many of us have experienced a great loss that feels like purpose and joy have been stolen from our lives. In our struggle to find hope in the new normal, the enemy of our souls comes to mock us as the captors did to the captives when they requested a 'joyful' song. In these dark moments, when we feel most alone, we must remember how we have experienced the unfailing love of Jesus personally. Like the Psalmist said, "If I forget you Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill upon the harp”. That is how important these experiences are to us. Those moments when we have experienced God's love so deeply are like anchors that balance our ships in rough seas. They are rivets of reinforcement in our shield of faith that we raise to block enemy arrows.  

Part of the ending of Psalm 137 says, "Oh Babylon you will be destroyed."  This is a great reminder to us of the Day of The Lord when all will be put right. The enemy will face justice for all he has stolen from us and all tears will be wiped away. There will be a New Jerusalem and our great and loving King Jesus will reign. As Revelation 21:4 says, "He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever." 

Are you experiencing a great loss? Do you feel like life is too heavy? Sit for a while in Jesus’ presence and let His voice speak to you of His unfailing love. Let His spirit wash over you and imagine it filling all the cracks in your heart caused by pain till what you see is a wonderful labyrinth of solid gold filled spaces that are reminders of His love carrying you through the deepest wounds.

Marie Lerch
South Slocan, BC