Daily Delight

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
-Psalm 25:5 (ESV)
Holy Saturday - the day between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday

This day is typically a day or remembrance, reflection, and waiting. Some ancient homily included in Catholic readings mark this day as a day of great silence, when the earth was stilled while Jesus searched for Adam. In Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxies and most mainline Protestant churches, parishioners are taught that Jesus descended into the realm of the dead and opened heavens gates for all who had gone before him.
But most Christians observe Holy Saturday in remembrance of the day Jesus lay in the tomb - a day of both sadness and joy. Pontius Pilate secured the tomb, sealing it with a stone because he believed it would thwart any trickery by the disciples of Jesus.
Pilate said to them, You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can. So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. -Matthew 27:65-66 (ESV).

But Jesus’ followers spent this day waiting after his crucifixion. Patiently waiting, for they knew of the celebration to come the next day.
Every day, we wait. We wait for news, good and bad. We wait for friends and family. We wait for acceptance and gratitude and forgiveness. We wait for love and marriages and children. We wait for everything that we have learned to anticipate.
But can you imagine the pure jubilation of waiting for an empty grave? The hope. The peace. The longing.
A miracle. Christ, put to death as a human, but made alive by the Spirit.
All too often, I find myself waiting - some days with sadness, some days with comfort. But there is a whole world of darkness that would exist without the hope of Christ in his resurrection. And on that promise of hope alone, we wait.

{photo: @emilylalalauren}

About the Author

Brandi Olmos≫ ≫ Brandi, 23, is a nomadic military wife and mama to two little boys, currently residing in Dayton, Ohio. She can normally be found in the middle of a good book, behind the lens of her camera, or in front of a large bowl of spaghetti. With a degree in history, she awakened her love of writing through researching the past. Above all, she believes in passionate pursuits, vulnerable faith, agape love, and the power of grace and forgiveness through her Heavenly Father. You can follow her thoughts and adventures at brandiolmos.com.


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