I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and I have the keys of hell and of death. (Rev.1,18)
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, this text from the Revelation is speaking to us on Eastern this year. It’s a very special time as nobody alive remembers to has experienced. Even in the worst war time, Eastern was respected and celebrated even on the front. But this year we need to stay at home. We can’t got to churches to venerate and thank GOD for his mercy. But we can and will pray, for people who are fighting for lifes in hospitals, for people who are working hard, for perpetuating the social system and care.
In the same time, we thank the allmighty GOD that he is teaching us that we do not control this world, but she is in his graceful hands. On Easter Sunday the word of Isaiah is speaking to us: „For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and Gross darkness teh people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee“. (Is.60,2)
If the crisis will be over we will (hopefully) be awakening in another time as before. We will (hopefully) learn, that sense of life is not in maximisation of profit for a short part of rich people but in respect of nature and the neighbor. We will (hopefully) learn to give value tot he work of that people who take care on what we realy need – food, clean air and water.
IRCA is proclaiming since nearly 3 decades against the economic mainstream, that the rural area is not an economic negligible part of the economy, but it is highly system relevant.
May this Easter link us again with GOD and our next. May the request, that all people who are celebrating at home will tranform the whole world in one big church be fulfilled.
On March 14th I had the oportunity to take part on a very impressive celebration. There was a cross made of flowers and fruits on the floor of an open room. In the intersection of the cross there was a small pyramide with a wooden cross, made of valuable wood of the local forests. A small community was gathered around this cross celebrating the end oft he week and the beginning oft he new week. This new week has been the first „corona week“ for us.
May peace with GOD and his whole creation be given to us. May the sign of reconcilation given to us by the holy cross give us new hope for a peaceful and healthy life. Be blessed knowing, that „The LORD has risen, HE has really risen.“
Lothar Schullerus (Chair of Irca-Europe)