Lenten Devotion: Holy Saturday

Psalm 95Psalm 88 Psalm 27Lamentations 3:37-58Hebrews 4:1-16Romans 8:1-11

O tarry and await the LORD’s pleasure;
be strong, and he shall comfort your heart;
wait patiently for the LORD.
Psalm 27:18

Much of our life is spent waiting, but often not patiently. In some of our waiting, we do not know what will come. We wait anxiously between a medical test and its result, between an exam and our grade, between an application for a job or college and the response.

Some of our waiting is frustrating. We wait for the cable guy, or the appliance repairman, or the package that doesn’t arrive.

But in some of our waiting, we know what will come. We wait with joy each day for our grandsons to show up. We wait for the beautiful sunrise. We wait for the visit of an old friend.

Our waiting now is like that. Though Lent is almost over, we are still waiting – linked with Christians throughout the world and throughout the centuries, we are waiting in a between time, between Good Friday and Easter, between crucifixion and resurrection, between death and life. Jesus is in the tomb and we are waiting. But we know we are waiting for the resurrection. We have the benefit that the disciples did not. They were told, directly by Jesus, “I will rise again on the third day.” But they did not believe him – they scattered and ran.

But we know that resurrection – Jesus’ resurrection and our resurrection – is coming. Tomorrow is coming. The light of Christ is coming. The rest of our life is coming.

Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:6