Kenya is in mourning this Easter Monday. The church in particular is asking a lot of questions. Why did the attackers start with the praying Christians? Why during Easter? Why innocent students? Are we losing freedom of worship in Kenya? Are we heading toward religious wars?
The two women who went to the tomb early Sunday morning were also in turmoil. Hopes and dreams for the future had come crashing down. Their hearts were laden with grief and pain. Everything looked dark. But Josh Meyer at Franconia Mennonite Church reminded us this morning that some of God’s best work is done in the darkness. During the darkness of that Sabbath night over 2000 years ago, God redeemed a seemingly hopeless situation.
Darkness and pain do not generally get very ‘good press’. They are not things we look for. But death and darkness do not have the last word. With the infusion of God’s power, they can actually be a seedbed for victory. That is the message of Easter: light over darkness – victory over death – hope conquering despair. That is the hope we can grasp and hold on to, even in the midst of the darkest night.
The blood of martyrs, throughout history, has often been a seed of revival. And we have been crying to God for revival! We have been crying for a new wind of the Spirit to shake the status quo of the church and visit us with power.
Desperate times help us realize that we truly need God. When we desperately seek for Him, we surely shall find Him. In the grief and mourning, may we seek help from Him who has alone defeated death.
~ Ibrahim and Diane