Yesterday, Easter Sunday, began with a wonderful celebration of Christ’s resurrection and a sermon, given by an Indian pastor, reminding us of the authority and power of Christ. We were bolstered by the diversity of the celebrants and the unity of believers through Jesus Christ. We then had an Easter feast featuring traditional Greek dishes, like roasted lamb (head!) and red-dyed Easter eggs. Conversations were focused on the amazing stories of God’s love and salvation.
The evening ended with a concert from an Israeli band named MIQEDEM. The word means “from the east.” They play and sing in Hebrew, and only texts from the Bible. To hear Psalm 23 sung by a band playing electric mandolin, guitar, drums, and keyboard in the original Hebrew language was uncommon. We heard the psalm with the same words David used to praise the Lord and we were encouraged to remember that by Christ’s death and triumphant resurrection we will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Jeff and Mary