Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Luke 23:44-46, 55-56 (NIV) and Psalm 62:5 (NASB)
Luke 23:44-46, 55-56
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last...55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
Today on Silent Saturday, the Church the world over waits. We wait like the disciples waited between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. We wait differently, but in ways that are very much the same--not knowing, yet knowing very well that Sunday is coming. This year particularly we wait in the midst of the COVID unknown. The disciples had heard about the third day, but on Saturday, between day one and day three there was doubt and hope, knowns and unknowns, fears and love in their heart-mix.
We are in a season of waiting, a collective Silent Saturday of sorts--where God is taking His time, bringing about resurrection in His way. The disciples had heard but were unsure of the details (and perhaps not fully convinced) that on the third day something spectacular would happen. They waited in part because on the Sabbath they had no choice. The city closed, the employees went home, the shops shut down along with the rest of the community as a part of their weekly rhthyms of worship. This specific Saturday was a confusing Saturday to worship in. Similiar perhaps to the place we're in today.
Question to consider this week: What adjustments may Jesus be asking you to make to your current quarantine rhythms and priorities this week?
Action Step: Inspired by Psalm 62:5, take an extended time to practice silence and waiting before Jesus today. Allow your heart to turn to Him in wonder in the midst of your silence.
Prayer: Jesus, for you alone, my soul waits in silence, my hope is from You and in You. Bring resurrection to my life in ways that only you can. By the power of Your Spirit, help me to let go of what you want me to, so that I may live life to the fullest in this season and the next. Jesus, teach me to wait for resurrection. In Your Name, Amen.
Conclude with silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)