Worship | 5:00 p.m.
In many ways, today is the emptiest day of the liturgical year. Poised between the agony of Friday and the ecstasy of Sunday, we wait. We know the surprise and the rush of joy that would be waiting for the two Marys as the next day dawned. But what must it have been like for those who followed Jesus to Jerusalem, sure that he was the one to bring God’s Kingdom about, only to find him nailed—hands and feet—to a Roman cross like an ordinary criminal? Did they surrender their hope on Saturday when the reality of Jesus’ death set in? Did they spend the day gathering their things, readying themselves for the journey back to the homes and families they had left behind, searching for something to provide hope? Poised between death and resurrection, all they could do is wait.
This is where we spend most of our days—in the narrow space between a world ravaged by the power of death and sin, and the world bursting into the vibrant life of the Kingdom. But unlike the disciples, who saw their hope die on a Friday afternoon, we wait in the anticipation of the dawn when the one who spoke Creation into being caused life and joy and beauty to rush forth from the tomb. As you wait for the joy of Easter, look back on the last six weeks and prayerfully consider what might be different. How has God shaped you in this time? What might he be shaping you for?
SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: Active Waiting
As we conclude our Lenten Journey, spend some time in quiet reflection with God. Set your timer one final time for 15 minutes and review the things that God has set on your heart these past forty days. What has risen to the surface either in your daily practices or in your weekly discussion in Life Group? Where has God led you? Which disciplines have helped usher you into greater awareness of God’s presence? Where are you anxious and how can you surrender that worry to God?