Saturday, April 7, 2012
Luke 23:54-56 It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
Today we find ourselves on the day in between:
The day between death and resurrection,
The day between darkness and light,
The day between loss and hope,
The day between giving up and waking up,
The day between the cross and the empty tomb.
These are the days in between for our brothers and sisters in Liberia, too.
In between the civil war and neighborhood peace,
In between poverty and sustainability,
In between sickness and health,
In between destruction and restoration,
In between darkness and light.
Today we live in the day in between:
We wait with Mary and the other women, as they prepared spices
We wait with Peter and the disciples.
While we wait, may we never wonder.
There is a promise: Sunday is coming!
Lord, today we live in the place in between. We are still experiencing the weight of your death while holding onto hope for the promise of your resurrection. We pray for the people in our city, country and world who are living in the place in between. In between an empty stomach and a full stomach, in between work and paychecks, in between clean water and clear mind, in between threats and security. Lord, may your church be a haven of hope for anyone living in the place in between. Because you are the One who promises new life, we place our hope in you, so we might be a people changed by your goodness. Renew us, restore us, reshape us today. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.