Holy Saturday – The Grieving In-Between

In Stillness Earth Awaits Resurrection

by Rick Lee James

Holy Saturday is sometimes called the great Sabbath. On this day Jesus rested in the tomb. It is a day of silence and uncertainty.

When we face the tragic death of someone we love it takes us to an in-between place.

When dealing with such a loss, our existence feels like non-existence. We don’t know what the next move is. We aren’t sure where to go. We just want to hide away somewhere with our grief, hoping that the world will stop moving for a while.

Do we eat? Do we sleep? Do we take a walk? What are we to do with ourselves in all of this grief?

How do we pray when hope has abandoned us? Our beloved is sealed in the tomb, how can it be?

When the heartbeat of our beloved cannot be found, our own hearts seem to stop as well.

How did Mary feel as they lay Jesus in the tomb? A parent isn’t supposed to watch her child die.

How does a parent go on when they lose a child, their most treasured possession?

This is where we are called on holy Saturday.

Allow yourself the time to grieve today, because there has been a great loss. The light of the world has been snuffed out and even the daylight seems like darkness.

Let’s get together in the morning at the sanctuary and we will see together where we go from here.

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