Today’s meditation is a video set to a song encouraging us to “Put on Love” as we ask God to wrap us in his love and help us to learn what it means to love one another in this difficult time.
This is Maundy Thursday. It marks the beginning of the Three Days in which Christians celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. “Maundy” comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means “commandment.” It recalls the Upper Room gathering of Jesus and his disciples to observe the Passover when Jesus took the role of a servant and washed the disciples’ feet. In Jesus’ action, we see love as compassion, mercy, sacrifice, and hard work—not unlike so many who serve in fighting COVID-19.
Holy God, source of all love, Jesus gave us a new commandment, to love one another as he loves us. Write this commandment in our hearts, and give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
This devotion was co-authored by Keith Hammer and Lin Carlson. The song was written by Sarah Mohr and sung by “Lift Up Your Hands.” This was a trio composed of Sarah Mohr, her husband Rev. Dave Mohr, and Rev. Chuck Carlson, late husband of Lin Carlson and father of Casey Cross.