I really appreciated the words that were written by Ken last weekend as we celebrated Easter and we thought about the death and resurrection of Jesus. I was particularly taken with Ken’s approach as he wrote about the isolation of Jesus during his trial and his horrific experience on the cross. Over the past month most people have had to live in isolation. This doesn’t compare to Jesus of course but it was a timely message for us as many are battling loneliness and depression at the moment.
I have valued reading what Joel and Kim have written for this Sunday. Kim has a song by Joni Eareckson Tada and her story is really quite remarkable. “On July 30, 1967, she dove into the Chesapeake Bay (on the east coast of the USA) after misjudging the shallowness of the water. She became a quadriplegic (or tetraplegic), paralysed from the shoulders down.”
“During her two years of rehabilitation, according to her autobiography, she experienced anger, depression, suicidal thoughts, and religious doubts. However, during occupational therapy, she learned to paint with a brush between her teeth and began selling her artwork. She also writes this way, although for most writing tasks she relies on voice recognition software. To date, she has written over forty books, recorded several musical albums, starred in an autobiographical movie of her life, and is an advocate for people with disabilities.” Her witness for Jesus is very remarkable and is an inspiration to many of us. So the song title, “Alone, yet not alone” is very appropriate right now.
In Matthew 28:19-20 we read very comforting words after the great commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” We are not alone!