April 20th Lenten Devotion

Waiting with Holy Saturday

Andrea Allan

Matthew 27:62-66

God will have the last laugh over death! Even the chief priests and the Pharisees had a feeling that Good Friday was not the last they would hear from this trouble maker Jesus or his devoted followers. After much work and fancy foot work they had achieved their goal of getting rid of the one who was turning their lives upside down, so they were not going to let a few mischievous disciples take that away from them. They were not leaving anything to chance, and so ensured that he was sealed up well inside the tomb.

Holy Saturday is an awkward time. We have just had the somber and contriteness of Good Friday, and since we know how this story ends, we are waiting with anticipation for the next day. We are used to getting whatever we desire right away – groceries are ready to go, buy something with the click of a button. However, there is no speeding past Holy Saturday on the way to Easter. We simply have to wait, just as Jesus waited while sealed inside the tomb. The forced waiting feels like a punishment and yet, I believe it is a gift from God. We so rarely have times where we must sit and wait, so God gives us this time in the form of Holy Saturday. A day when we can rest, or read, or pray, or enjoy the springtime before we head into the joy filled celebrations that are just around the corner.

Gracious and Loving God,thank you for a time of waiting. Help me to slow down and enjoy this gift of time with You so that I may fully experience the joy when the morning comes, and you Son rises again. Amen.

 

Rev. Andrea Allan is a United Church of Canada minister in Southern Ontario. She lives with her husband and daughter in Stratford Ontario.

 

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