Ponder and Wrestle
Scripture: Mark 15:44-47
"When Pilate learned from the centurion that Jesus was dead, Pilate gave the dead body to Joseph." (Common English Bible, v.45)
It was Holy Saturday. The phone rang. What we feared had happened. The young mother we had anointed on Wednesday died. The day was a blur: driving to the hospital, calling out to God, holding family and friends, making phone calls, crying and wondering how anyone would dare to step into the pulpit on Easter Sunday.
But today is Holy Saturday and there are no answers, only wondering if this is just a bit of what the disciples felt on that first Holy Saturday, knowing that their Lord Jesus was crucified, dead and buried. Wondering if all we believe about resurrection, life after death, eternity, the communion of saints can carry us through this day. The Lord knows that this is not a place where we can stay for long, but today we need to be here and ponder. We need to wrestle with the demons. We need to wrestle with God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, our souls are clouded over with the knowledge of your death and the death of others. But do not forsake us, for we cannot do this on our own. Amen.
The Reverend Gloria McCanna