Thought for the Day: We as human beings attempt to limit and hold back what is coming. So much effort is put forth in trying to keep the inevitable from becoming reality. I think about all that happened during the Civil Rights Movement, and though the right side of history was crystal clear, there were so many who believed they could stop justice and righteousness from happening. They clearly delayed it, but God’s ways always prevail (civil rights are still a work in progress for far too many). Pilate appeared confident in the soldiers he assigned to the tomb, yet they were keeping watch for anyone approaching the tomb. The last thing they expected was for something to come from the tomb. So often in history people have felt so confident in their capacity to keep things the way they have been, even when the way they’ve been looks nothing like Jesus. They build an army using the fear of change and the demonizing of the other, and it might delay God’s work in the world for a time. But at every moment in history when they’ve confidently sealed and guarded the tomb, they’ve been looking the wrong direction. God’s new life always emerges where hate and fear are not looking. On this Dark Saturday, let hope have us glancing in the direction that no one else seems to be looking.
Prayer: Let hope prevail within us, O God, even when the tomb is closed and guarded. Let hope be our strength as we continue to believe in your ways of love, mercy, justice and compassion. While some feel confident in their capacity to hold such things at bay, we trust your Spirit to make us participants in your new creation. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge