Blogger: Mary Keeley
Today is Maundy Thursday. I’m going to begin by repeating a portion of what I posted last year to commemorate this when business-as-usual takes a back seat to a higher priority.
The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning commandment. It refers to Christ’s command, as he washed his disciples’ feet: to follow his example by reflecting his love and humility in serving others. The Maundy Thursday service at our church is my family’s favorite service of the year. Appropriately solemn and completely different from any other service of the year, it focuses on commemorating the Last Supper, Scripture reading, and communal worship of Christ. Nothing more. No distractions.
Our day jobs may require our minds and bodies to be at work tomorrow, Good Friday, but our hearts will be elsewhere. We in Christian publishing will be one together—authors, agents, editors, sales and marketing and PR staff, publishing executives—brothers and sisters kneeling at the foot of the cross, humble, repentant, hearts overflowing with thanksgiving for Christ’s unimaginable sacrifice on our behalf to purchase our eternity.
Today’s pondering of Good Friday’s sacrificial miracle on through Holy Saturday and into glorious Resurrection Sunday reignites our united purpose. We will not shrink back under the pressure of political correctness, but rather renew our resolve to obey the Great Commission. How can we not? We worship our Savior through the work he has given us to do. We use the giftedness, the knowledge, and the stories he inspires to encourage readers, possibly introducing some to him for the first time. A privilege and no greater joy.
How now shall you write? Here are some questions that press on my heart; maybe you’ve thought about them too:
How often do I stop to think of my work—both my work ethic and what I produce—as a form of worship to my Savior? “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Romans 12:1 ESV).
How often does the current cultural and political climate cause me to clutch before I post something regarding my faith on social media for fear of negative repercussions and loss of “friends” and followers? “but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33 NASB).
In all interactions do I seek to reflect Christ’s character in my efforts to encourage others while also speaking the truth in love, which is the best kind of advocate and pleases God? This is a tough one, but I have to commend our blog community for the encouraging atmosphere you maintain here. “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT).
What has God put on your writer heart as you ponder the significance of today, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday? How does it influence your writing?
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