For the Generations to Come

For the Generations to Come

Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 12:14

It took a lot to convince Pharaoh to let God’s people go – to say the least.

Miracles, Plagues, a river of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, locusts, darkness, death – no wonder Hollywood has had such fun immortalizing the evident on the Big Screen.

But it is the Passover – the celebration of God’s protection in the midst of hard-heartedness, rebellion, and the death and the destruction that resulted from it – this Passover is what remains to this day as a memorial to God’s saving action.

I like how it is put, concerning this commemoration.

“…for the generations to come…”

We are to celebrate it as a lasting ordinance.

We must not forget.

We must not take it for granted.

We must not think we somehow “deserved” it.

We must not treat it as mere religious ritual – something we do so we don’t get in trouble with God.

And the Christian must see in it the portent of another sacrifice, on a cross, for all humanity.

Nearing Christmas, we focus on the birth of the Savior.  It’s difficult to think about plagues, and death, and sacrifice.

But that is at the heart of the story that began in Egypt a long time ago, the story that ends with an empty tomb on Easter.

From Egypt, to Bethlehem, to Golgotha, to Easter morning – for all the generations to come – we must remember and give thanks.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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