Saturday, April 19, 2014
So here we are. It's the evening before Easter Sunday.
I was sitting on the porch this morning and I began to think about this day, wedged between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, largely overlooked and discounted.
But today? That sorta "bridge day."
We find ourselves distracted and rushed. Meal preparation, getting clothes from the cleaners, Easter Egg hunts and the like. We don't take this day to simply pause and reflect.
So I hearkened back to that first bridge day. We often forget that this is the first day Jesus closest friends were without him. After 3 long years, after many sermons, exhortations and warnings that he would suffer and die it had happened. Yeah he said he'd rise again n the third day and all but really?
Right now I expect the apostles were a bit numb. His mother might have sat quietly wanting to believe yet grieving the loss of her child. The ship was without a rudder and from where they sat the sharks were circling the boat.
Were they next? Would a brigade of Roman soldiers round them up and make quick work of them? And what about Judas? Holy cow the dude threw Jesus under the bus, bada-bing-bada-boom! I imagine no one was taking consolation in the wolf and the lamb lying down.
I have to smile because today, 2000 years later, you and I knew what happened the next morning. The promise was fulfilled.Then everything started to make sense.
Somewhere this evening there are people so much like the apostles on that very first bridge day - the day between death and life. They peer over the edge and its all dark and murky and they cant see the promise of tomorrow because there have been so many promises and so many tomorrows and so much pain and heart ache. Is it really true.
Jesus stands smiling and reassuring and beckons us forward. Those tomorrows are filled with life and health even when we dont believe or see.
That is the most wonderful Easter gift God can give. The knowledge that there is always hope and a light at the end of the tunnel.
Thanks for letting me share this with you
I love you all.