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Holy Week Devotional - Holy Saturday April 15 by Kristin Wooldridge


Matthew 27:57-66

As evening approached . . . .

There always seems to be so much to do to prepare for Easter. When my kids were little it meant running around for the perfect dress for Kaylee and then getting the boys complementary outfits. It meant preparing light-hearted moments for Easter Sunday. It also meant cleaning and cooking, including a couple years of dyeing eggs that no one liked. A couple years it meant attending an Easter egg hunt. Like everything else, it meant busy.

As I have grown closer to God, I have forgiven myself for that decade of Easter rush and crazy self-imposed expectations. Now as Holy Saturday approaches, I feel slower. I don’t feel the disconnect anymore. I realize that the darkness of the day is the calling God has for us to divinely wait. God calls us now just like then to stop and consider the magnitude of Jesus’ death. In the stillness of darkness. To cultivate hope in the unseen. To believe that the moments before the dawn of Easter are just as powerful, vulnerable, and life-changing without matching outfits, dyeing hard boiled eggs, baskets and hullabaloo.

To care for the body and presence of Christ as Joseph did. Not rushing. Sharing space. Focusing on care. Can you slow down today?

Let God find you while you wait in the stillness of Holy Saturday. Everything else is hullabaloo.

O God, Creator of heaven and earth; Grant that as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this Holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
        (Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer)

Kristin Wooldridge