Prepare to Listen. In silence, be still and pray: ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’ (Lamentations 3:24)
Prayerfully Read Luke 23:50-56
50Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 51had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. 52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. 54It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. 55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
Friday was a bad day, Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. Sunday would be a joyful day, Jesus’ resurrection. Saturday, the Jewish sabbath, was a quiet day. Nothing happened. The Galilean women, the only disciples to stay with Jesus to the end, saw where his body was laid and went home to wait out the sabbath. The plan was to go back the next day and embalm the body. Friday was bad. Saturday was worse. On Friday, Jesus’ followers could hope for a miracle to save their beloved leader. On Saturday, they lived with the grief and loss and disappointment of death. They had no hope of seeing Jesus alive again, forgetting his repeated assurances that on the third day he would rise from the dead. Saturday was the hardest day and Sunday was still to come.
Saturday is where many people live today, with the grief and pain of loss, for whatever reasons. The future seems hopeless as their Saturday gets longer and longer. Some of us live in a culture that isn’t good with Saturdays, with grief and sorrow. Tish Warren writes, “Most Americans have inherited a tendency to resist grief.” We simply want to get on with it and hope the feelings of grief will disappear. Warren adds, “Unless we make space for grief, we cannot know the depths of the love of God, the healing God wrings from pain, the way grieving yields wisdom, comfort, even joy.”
The women went home, making space for their grief. They rested on the sabbath. They lived out their Saturday, perhaps praying psalms of lament, and resting, as was their custom.
How do you handle your grief, your Saturdays?
Respond to Jesus
Lord, help me live the many Saturdays of life, mourn and grieve and wait for the joy of Sunday. Amen.
Live obediently, even in your Saturdays.
 Warren, Tish Harrison. Prayer in the Night. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2021, p. 42 and 43.
I began reading my Bible when I was 8 years old. I loved it then (albeit didn't understand much) and I still love reading and studying it. I may understand a little more but I keep learning new stuff, seeing things I missed for years. This journey with Luke during Lent has been another new learning experience for me, deepening my relationship with Jesus. I pray it will do the same for you.