Now Mary Magdalene and another Mary kept vigil there, seated opposite the tomb. Matthew 27:61
It’s not Good Friday.
It’s not Easter Sunday.
It’s just Saturday. The space in between.
What do we do when…
We’ve lost our job AND don’t have a glimmer of the next?
Our kids are grown AND our hearts wonder what comes after?
Our marriage is over AND we don’t know if we’ll ever be truly loved?
We’ve gotten the diagnosis AND there’s still no “good course of action” from our doctor?
We’ve filed for bankruptcy AND we still can’t give up our life’s dream?
Our Savior is dead AND it’s still Saturday.
What do we do with this space in between?
WE GRIEVE, whether wailing out loud or whimpering into our pillow
WE QUESTION, possibly shouting to the sky or shushing our inmost fears and doubts
WE SIT SILENT, perhaps eyes wet with tears or as a stunned bird gathering strength
WE WAIT, living the tension of the known past but the unknown future
WE WATCH, expectantly yet with trepidation
WE HOPE, for we long to believe that what lies ahead is somehow richer because of what lies behind
We hope in this place of rest. SHABBAT.
We hope in this place of peace. SHALOM.
Yes. It’s just Saturday…still Saturday! The space in between.
Hear this my soul, my friend: Rest In Peace today!