This fresh set of Daily Devotions is being provided for our LCA/NZ family, friends and visitors to help us to keep our eyes on Jesus as we face unsettling times. They can be used by families and individuals as part of the LCA/NZ’s Church@Home resources to encourage us and build trust in our Heavenly Father during this season of uncertainty and physical isolation.
by Pastor Chris Mann
This is the last devotion in a series of seven devotions on the theme of Seven Great Stories to Tell One Day.
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‘Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last’ (Luke 23:46).
In the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic there are lots of stories of pain, sorrow and heartbreak. But in the midst of the stories of pain are great stories – stories of healing, hope, and love. Now that we are on the other side of Easter, we can look back and see some of the stories that we may have skipped over in the crucifixion of Jesus. And because he lives in us, his story becomes our story.
The biggest story we see is Jesus’ story of trust in his father in heaven. Even though he feels abandoned, he expresses trust that he has not been abandoned, seen as he calls out ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’.
Jesus trusts that his death is not the end of his story.
And the death and the pain and the sorrow and the heartache that we experience is also not the end of our story.
And so our story both in this time, and through this time, can be a story of trust – trust that God is working, trust that God is still with us, and trust that we can commit our lives and our world to our father in heaven, and follow his path. And we can trust that even if we do meet death in this time, that it is not the end of our story, nor is it the end of God bringing life to the world.
May our stories be stories of trust, knowing that Jesus trusted his father, and that same trust lives in us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus, and for his trust in you. Help us to live in the same trust. Amen.