"Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty."
Yes, fair weather has cometh upon my section of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While to the south, a snowstorm has pounded the areas along the shores of Lake Michigan, here in the central U. P., our weather was blessedly calm. Sunny even. And for that, I thank God's terrible majesty.
As always, I apologize for my recent absence. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are big teaching days for me, and I find myself exhausted by the end of these days. I simply cannot even contemplate sitting down to piece together any reflection of substance. As it stands, it is Thursday night, a little after 11 p.m., and I am just sitting down to post.
I went to a Maundy Thursday service at my wife's church this evening. It was a simple affair consisting of a gospel reading of Christ's Passion divided into 14 sections. At the conclusion of each section, a candle was extinguished. By the end of the readings, darkness prevailed in the sanctuary.
Frankly, I thought I was too tired to be affected in any way by this service. However, as I sat, listening to the readings, I found myself profoundly moved to the point of tears. I could barely sing the last hymn, "Were You There?" It was the whole narrative and sacrifice and unconditional love that did me in.
So, tonight, I want to say that Easter is almost upon us. If you are a Christian, I pray that, in the next few days, you may experience the deep sense of gratitude I felt at this evening's worship service. If you are not a Christian, I wish that, in the next few days, you may experience a deep sense of love in your life--unconditional, limitless love.
Saint Marty is ready for Good Friday.