Good morning all! One more day until Easter and the last day of my blog for a bit. You all have been awesome! Thank you for reading with me this season!
Today’s scripture: John 19:38-42
38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. 39 Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Holy Saturday. The day we wait and wait and wait. This is a tough day. It is in the in between. Death has happened and we know that new life will come but not quite yet. We are not quite ready to celebrate (although the easter egg hunt tells us otherwise) but I don’t know about you, I don’t really want to dwell either in the dark.
And I don’t really like to wait all that much. I want to be doing. I want to be going places. I don’t like waiting. Waiting is hard to do. I have little patience….have you picked that up about me? I tell people that if they are running late, please let me know because I only wait for 15 minutes before I move on to the next thing. Waiting means not necessarily doing. Waiting can be active (remember, Advent?) but waiting can also be full of stuff. We have to probably deal with our own stuff when we wait.
Saturday is all about waiting. An active waiting for something to happen that will transform the world. This time is necessary for God to do the things God needs to do. It was foretold that it would happen. New life needs to happen after a few days. The cave needs to be occupied for just a bit where Jesus is laid to rest. Transformation and resurrection takes a little bit of time. In the meantime, there is really nothing we can do about it except to lean into the waiting. Embrace the time to feel out what is going on. This waiting could be a gift to lean into. There is nothing you can do about it so why not figure out why it is present. You have been given this day of the in between. What will you do with it?
If we spend our time irritated in it, we miss it. We miss the opportunity to use it for our own transformation, our own rest, our own need to delve further into what death is for us. If we hurry through it, we miss the opportunity to create space around own own need for new life.
One tool I use to feel this space is music. Hear this taize song and use it to help feel the moment and create space. Wait for the Lord….