a guest blog
Jesus was laid in a nearby tomb,
and His body remained there
The Lenten journey toward Easter always has new and significant meaning for me each year. The central themes of remembering and sacrifice run deep in my soul. The perspective of the characters tug at my fragile mothers heart. The tensions between things like loss and love have rhythms I have to learn and relearn each year.
Today is an important day in that journey. It might seem like just a day “in-between”, or an ordinary gap between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It would be easy to skip this page in the narrative. But this most important gap, focused on remembering and waiting, creates a holy pause in the story – a pause between loss and love, sadness and hope, bitter and sweet.
If we don’t sit in this gap between Friday and Sunday for a bit, we can’t realize what Easter really represents. If we don’t remember and know sadness, the deepest joy of Easter never gets realized.
As I sit in that gap today, I am wondering about Jesus friends and what they were thinking and feeling on this day. They didn’t know Sunday was coming. They were sitting in immense grief of what happened and fear of what might happen next. I realized today I could relate to all of that. I’m not sure I can fully take in the suffering of Christ on Friday. I’m not sure I can take in fully the love that Sunday holds. I’m trying. I want to.
But Saturday is a place I can relate. Saturday is all those ordinary days between the highs of Sunday and the lows of Friday. Saturday is where I spend most of my life – waiting, wondering, working, grieving, hoping, and courageously living out all the messy, beautiful, unfinished, unraveling parts of life as best I can. It’s place of tension where real life happens, real growth happens, unlimited creativity unfolds and hope begins to blossom. Its in this space that we can find peace and grace and yes even a taste of heaven. Holy Saturday matters in my story, in God’s story, in your story.
We have a choice as we journey from Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday: to be stuck in the sadness or to embrace the grief and thus move deeper into hope; to walk away or walk toward God; to live in the past and be anxious about the future or plant both feet firmly in the present with God as our foundation. We have a choice this day to not just live but to Live with full assurance that heaven is a reality.
May your Remember Good Friday
May you Rest Tonight in this Holy Saturday
May you Embrace the Sadness
May you Release the Fear
May you Move Forward with Eager Hope
May you Chose the Reality of Heaven
May you Live Easter
“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.”
–Romans 8:18-21 (NLT)
“And the King says, “Look! God and his children are together again. No more running away. Or hiding. No more crying or being lonely or afraid. No more being sick or dying. Because all these things are gone. Yes, they are gone forever. Everything sad has come untrue. And see – I have wiped away every tear from every eye!
–Revelations 22 (The Jesus Story Book Bible)
Sitting with you in the sacred necessary silence of Saturday,
Our choice this day matters for the rest of the story. Might this Easter be a day when we all reevaluate our faith and chose to follow the One who fills in all the gaps, that is a firm foundation to stand on and promises us there will be a day when we arrive in heaven when “all things sad will come untrue.”
–Gail Donahue and Joan Kelley