My God, my God,why have you forsaken me
and are so far from my cry,
and from the words of my distress?

Jesus spoke the words of Psalm 22 from the cross, crying out these words of pain and lament.

O my God, I cry in the daytime,
but you do not answer;
by night as well, but I find no rest.

And although we’ve now passed through Good Friday, and are in to the Easter season, we cry out ourselves at the Easter morning bombings in Sri Lanka.

It’s been three days since at least 290 Sri Lankan Christians — many of whom are ethnically Tamil, like the students we support together in India — faced their own terror and death.

Many young bulls encircle me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
They open wide their jaws at me,
like a ravening and a roaring lion.

I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint;
my heart within my breast
is melting wax.

This Easter we cannot deny that sin and death are part of our broken world. Like Jesus and the psalmist, we cry out for all the sin and death that we see and experience.

But this Easter, we also affirm that sin and death are not the final word. In Psalm 22, the writer takes time to cry out in lament, but then…

There’s a shift.

The psalmist finds hope in the steadfast love of God.

Praise the Lord, you that fear him;
stand in awe of him…

For he does not despise
nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his face from them;
but when they cry to him
he hears them.

My praise is of him
in the great assembly;
I will perform my vows in the presence of those
who worship him.

This Easter, we fully acknowledge the sin in our world, and yet we give thanks for the faithfulness of God, and dedicate our lives to God’s loving mission!

Thank you for being part of God’s mission to bring healing to the world.

Your gifts and support may not stop every tragedy in our broken world, but they do build a foundation for peace.

You participate in God’s redeeming Word by providing children food, clothing, shelter, and the education they need to thrive.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the Lord
shall praise him:
“May your heart live forever!”

Thank you!

Dan Ruth

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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