April 11 - Saturday of Holy Week
Today is Holy Saturday and is a time of holy waiting, a time to trust, a time to rest.
Here is Saturday, the space between the death and the resurrection of Christ.
It is here that we are asked to keep vigil. and wait in the dark as the whole world is waiting for answers and an end to this crisis.
This very place at the tomb Jesus comes to meet us just as He did with the faithful women .
May you each receive the fullness of God's presence during this day as you await Easter Morning.
BLESSINGS of peace and joy to you in the waiting!
To prepare yourself be in Silence and just Breathe as you read the scripture below.
1 God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge!
You’re a proven help in time of trouble--more than enough and always available whenever I need you.
2 So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away.
We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes,
moving mountains and casting them into the sea.
3 For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you.
Pause in his presence
4 God has a constantly flowing river whose sparkling streams bring joy and delight to his people.
His river flows right through the city of God Most High, into his holy dwelling places.
After the Sabbath ended, at the first light of dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary[a] went to take a look at the tomb. 2–4 Suddenly, the earth shook violently beneath their feet as the angel of the Lord Jehovah[b] descended from heaven. Lightning flashed around him and his robe was dazzling white! The guards were stunned and terrified—lying motionless like dead men. Then the angel walked up to the tomb, rolled away the stone, and sat on top of it!
5 The women were breathless and terrified, until the angel said to them, “There’s no reason to be afraid. I know you’re here looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He isn’t here—he has risen victoriously,just as he said! Come inside the tomb and see the place where our Lord was lying. 7 Then run and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead! I give you his message: “I am going ahead of you in Galilee and you will see me there.”
8 They rushed quickly to tell his disciples, and their hearts were deep in wonder and filled with great joy.
9 Along the way, Jesus suddenly appeared in front of them and said, “Rejoice!”They were so overwhelmed by seeing him that they bowed down and grasped his feet in adoring worship.
10 Then Jesus said to them, “Throw off all your fears. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will find me there.”
QUESTIONS TO PONDER:
Where do I meet Jesus in this dark holding time?
What fears do I need to tell him about and trust him in ?
What sorrows or losses will I surrender to His love that heals me?
POEM-ON THE WAY
“On the way to grieve at the tomb
on the way to hold our damaged dreams
to go back and rest
On the way spices simmer there
the scent of adoration
the scent of waiting in forced rest
no answer, nor a resolution given
do we find here, only waiting
on the way
Jesus meets us
on the way
from fear to revelation
on the way to proclamation
on a mission we believe what was told us there
on the way”
Now just be with Jesus in the music of the song below and receive His appearing to you.
What does He look like and what does He say to you?
The Olive Grove
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