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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Rick Lee James

Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.