March 28

This is a week of extremes: from the joyful Hosannas of Palm Sunday, to the Maundy Thursday scene of the Last Supper, the agony of Good Friday, the silence of Holy Saturday, and the joyful Alleluias of Resurrection Sunday, we travel the gamut. My prayer for you this week is that you will not rush too quickly to Alleluia, and will allow yourself to experience the grief of Friday and the silence of Saturday. It is only from that grief and silence that we can fully realize the gift of the cross; that we can fully absorb the gift of his great love for us.

Therefore I Will Hope
 A Blessing for Holy Saturday

 I have no cause
 to linger beside
 this place of death
 no reason
 to keep vigil
 where life has left
 and yet I cannot go,
 cannot bring myself
 to cleave myself
 from here
 can only pray
 that this waiting
 might yet be a blessing
 and this grieving
 yet a blessing
 and this stone
 yet a blessing
 and this silence
 yet a blessing

 Jan Richardson

 May God bless you as you live fully into this holiest of weeks.

-Pastor Jane