Passover tonight

Very little time, but I did want to take a moment to say to all who may come by here that I pray your Passover will go or has gone well and profitably.  As I type, for many of our brethren around the world, the Passover observance has come and gone, while for those of us in America it is just now getting ready to begin tonight.

Though my thoughts today are on the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, on what that sacrifice teaches me about His commitment to me, and on the commitment I made at baptism to love Him with all I am and to strive to make myself ready in this life to be His bride at His coming, my thoughts are also with so many of you out there, who are meditating on the same ideas, full of thankfulness of your own.

While our relationship with God is an intensely personal one, it is also something meant to be experienced within a community — a community that Jesus Christ and His Father have crafted out of you and me, creating a family and a people out of those who were once not a family and not a people (1 Peter 2:9-10).  To all of my brothers and sisters out there, it is a privilege and a humbling honor to be in this family with you and to make up this people with you.

May your Passover and Days of Unleavened bread be profitable beyond measure and meaningful beyond words, and may they help to draw you closer to God than you thought possible.

7 thoughts on “Passover tonight

  1. texasborn

    Mr. Smith, thank you very much for this post. Your use of the word “community” reminds me of a beautiful song composed by Michael Card: “The Basin and the Towel.” These are the lyrics:

    In an upstairs room, a parable
    is just about to come alive.
    And while they bicker about who’s best,
    with a painful glance, He’ll silently rise.

    Their Savior Servant must show them how
    through the will of the water
    and the tenderness of the towel.

    And the call is to community,
    The impoverished power that sets the soul free.
    In humility, to take the vow,
    that day after day we must take up the basin and the towel.

    In any ordinary place,
    on any ordinary day,
    the parable can live again
    when one will kneel and one will yield.

    Our Saviour Servant must show us how
    through the will of the water
    and the tenderness of the towel.

    And the space between ourselves sometimes
    is more than the distance between the stars.
    By the fragile bridge of the Servant’s bow
    we take up the basin and the towel.

    And the call is to community,
    The impoverished power that sets the soul free.
    In humility, to take the vow,
    that day after day we must take up the basin and…day after day we must take up the towel, and day after day we must take up the basin and…the towel!

    It can be heard on YouTube by typing in the Search box: 09. Michael Card – The Basin and the Towel

  2. Steven

    Mr. Smith,

    Thank you for your wonderful words. I would like to also take this opportunity to wish everyone a blessed Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread!

  3. tony

    Mr. Smith,
    1 Perter reference may be apocryphal :)… but more seriously, thank you for the salient Passover meditation

  4. Thanks for the catch, Tony! I’m surprised that my usual army of motivated “editors” did not catch that one.

    Yeah, 1 Perter — that’s one of the rare books of the Oops-pocryha. 🙂 I’ve fixed it, and thanks again!

  5. texasborn

    Mr. Smith, I liked your “punny” last two syllables of Oops-pocryha! Does that mean that you were both “crying and laughing” at the same time” upon reviewing your typographical boo-boo? (cry-ha)

    Either my eyes apparently were “glazed over” at the moment of inspection of I Perter, or else I was “inspecting the condition of the inside of my eyelids”, perhaps? NOT!!

  6. texasborn

    Regarding the spirit of community as expressed in the lyrics shown above of “The Basin and The Towel,” someone expressed it beautifully when she said: “The key word in ‘community’ is ‘unity.'” This is a time of forgetting grudges and forgiveness of others, so that we might truly be “one in Christ.”

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