Last Monday I was thinking about Mondays, and their bad wrap as the worst day of the week. Unfortunately, the day ended before I got to posting. And it seemed strange to post about Monday on Tuesday.
This Monday, we're coming off of the celebration of the glorious, world-changing resurrection of Jesus by God the Father and looking forward to the observance of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out. AND we're also back to work, back to school, back to the daily grind.
How should we approach this Easter Monday? How should we approach any Monday, since each Sunday we remember the resurrection when we gather for worship?
Yesterday our pastor preached on John 21 when Jesus reinstates Peter. He pointed out Jesus breaking in with grace in Peter's life (after HUGE failure) by forgiving, calling, and sustaining him. That same forgiveness, calling, and sustaining is ours as well when we lean on Christ. Christ is merciful and He is present; we can have hope!
Should Monday, then, not be one of our best days? Each week it follows a day of worship and rest, time spent reflecting on God's faithfulness and His mighty works, singing His praises, repenting of our sins, receiving God's forgiveness, hearing the word preached, participating in sacraments. We reenter the real world aware of His promised forgiveness, calling, and sustaining.
Monday may be hard. It is a day of reentry after a day of rest. Okay, yes, Monday is USUALLY hard. Our hearts surely long for that eternal rest when we've received our inheritance in full, as expounded in Hebrews 4. But remember that verse from my previous post: In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines His steps. The day may hold challenges, frustrations, unexpected troubles. Or perhaps it holds expected troubles, difficult relationships, daunting circumstances. The day may also include sweet moments of delight. God only knows, and His plan is right and trustworthy as He determines our steps.
Whatever may come, don't forget that the Lord we worshiped yesterday is the same Lord today, tomorrow ... and every Monday! He is near. Call to Him in the troubles. Ask Him to show you what He's up to in molding you to look more like Himself - often that happens most effectively in the "Mondays" of our lives.
May the joy of Easter ring louder in our hearts and minds than any of today's distractions.
He is STILL risen!