The word “Holy” means “different, unique, set apart… not like any other.”
There are fifty two weeks in the year, but Christians refer to this one week as “Holy.” It is “different, unique, set apart… not like any other.”
This week, above all others, is the week during which we reflect upon God’s amazing love… and upon our response to that incredible love.
Have you set apart some time this week for that reflection? Is this week “Holy” for you?
Along with our Wednesday noon Midweek Mediation, we also have times of worship on Maundy Thursday (7:30pm) and on Good Friday (7:30pm). In the midst of this Holy Week, I hope you’ll make those times a priority.
In the meantime, I invite you to spend some time reflecting on these powerful words from the pen of the great hymn writer Isaac Watts. I’ve added some of my thoughts, but I hope you’ll spend some time with your own reflections.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Sure… I’ve accomplished some things in my life, but even “my richest gain” pales in comparison to what God has done for me and for the world.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
This verse really convicts me. The fact is… there are many “vain things that charm me” in the world. I hope I would be willing to sacrifice them to experience the love and grace God has for me.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
“Sorrow and love…” I’m filled with sorrow that this world is so broken, but overwhelmed with gratitude that God has not stopped loving even this broken world.
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Even if I owned everything in the world and could give it back to God as a thanks for God’s love… even then… that wouldn’t be sufficient for what God has done. God’s amazing love calls not for a gift of my stuff… it calls for a gift of my life.
Holy Week prompts me to ask… in what way am I living a life that brings honor to the depth of God’s love? Am I loving others the way God loves me? Am I patient with others the way God is patient with me? Am I generous with my resources the way God is generous in blessing me? Am I taking the time to listen to others the way God takes the time to listen to me?
We call this a “Holy” Week. For you this week… In what way is this week “different, unique, set apart… not like any other?”
Dr. Lane Alderman
Roswell Presbyterian Church