Waiting with Christ
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…(Collect for Holy Saturday)
We know how this story ends. Unlike the terrorized followers and loved ones of Jesus who returned home devastated by grief, we are free this day to rest. The work is done. The agony suffered. The Incarnate One has borne witness to God. We, too, may lay down the weight of having traveled with Him these last days. Because we know how the story ends.
We know that our Lord is not trapped in the silence of the tomb. He has entered into the greater glory for which he was born.
But that does not mean that we should not rest in the silence of this time of waiting. This day is holy and is given to us as a time of reflection on all that has happened. On this day we are given the gift of Sabbath. Do not waste it. If you are able, spend this time quietly, reverently and gratefully. Open your heart and your spirit to the glory that surrounds you.
Abide in this time; and as you await what you know will come tomorrow, may the grace, peace, and serenity of this day fill you with joy.