I write to bring you Good Friday and Easter greetings from Geneva in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
I hope this is a meaningful week for you, your family, and your church as we pause to reflect on the meaning of our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection. We do so at a time in which many of our communities are in touch with great suffering either on account of the effects of the economy or some other upheavals in the world.
Before we begin wishing one another happy Easter, it is important to remember that the full gift of God that we remember this season is both Good Friday and Easter. The freedom offered in Christ is not simply the triumph of Easter morning, but also the struggle of death on the cross.
As we remember the pain and suffering our Lord went through on our behalf, we can also feel the sense of hope that this brings. Good Friday and Easter reminds us that our God is not simply distanced and apathetic to human suffering. God is not simply the mysterious stranger who comes through a powerful show of force to bring freedom from suffering. God chose to identify with human suffering, and therefore knows what people go through – both the difficult challenges that people in all nations go through in their daily lives and the suffering that victims of violence, economic injustice and other sources of pain go through.
Trusting in the crucified God, who identifies with us, we can, even in those times that we are in touch with the challenges of the broken world in which we live, rejoice that death does not have the last word – Our Lord Jesus Christ is risen indeed.
On behalf of the President, Rev. Dr. Jerry Pillay, the Executive Committee, my colleagues on the WCRC staff and the entire WCRC family, we wish you a meaningful Good Friday and Easter. It is our hope that you take the opportunity that Good Friday–Easter time offers us to renew your response to God’s calling – to be a communion that makes a difference in a broken world.
May the living drama of Good Friday and Easter bring you and your church a renewed sense of hope.
Setri Nyomi (Rev. Dr.)