Solid Ground

Here we are, diving into another Bible study. It seems to me like the last two years have been a blur. Change after change has rattled my routine and our church. We have had to be flexible, think on our feet, and hold loosely the things we always thought would be stable. All of the balancing and readjusting has been exhausting for me, and I would imagine for you, too. It takes a lot of energy to weather disappointment, plans that change once, twice, seven times, and so many unmet expectations. It can leave us feeling shaken, and not just frazzled, but shaken like a soda can bouncing around a pickup bed going 60 down a gravel road! I can’t take much more of this. One more change and I am fit to burst and spray debris all over the nearest unfortunate victim. I have realized that I am desperately craving a patch of solid ground.

It is Finished

How fitting it is that as Good Friday draws near we are studying the Day of Atonement, the most holy day of the Jewish year when the high priest entered the Holy of Holies to sprinkle blood on and before the mercy seat to atone for his sins and the sins of the nation of Israel. This solemn feast day was a special sabbath and one spent in humble reflection as the Jewish people considered the ugliness of their sin committed in the past year and the costliness of having their transgressions covered by the blood of another life.