Community in Action "the in-between" day April 11, 2020

Today is the in-between day. Yesterday was Good Friday and tomorrow is Easter Sunday. We are in the 36-40  hours between the death of Jesus and his resurrection. Forty, of course, is a number used often in Hebrew writing to depict a “long” time. It was used for the years of wandering through the desert for the ex-slaves of Egypt. It was also used for the days Moses spent with God receiving commandments, which was equal to the days Jesus was in the wilderness after his baptism and before the beginning of his ministry.

    40 hours, is not a long time, unless you are in the midst of the unknown. The women who wanted to prepare the body of Jesus properly had to wait those long hours because those hours were during the time of the Sabbath. Forty hours would be from the moment of his death to the dawn of the day after the Sabbath, when they could see to travel to the tomb. It must have been difficult for them to wait.

    Some traditions take this day to pray and reflect on the coming of the light in the midst of our darkness. The Easter Vigil gives people an opportunity to gather together while waiting and hoping to see the first light. Perhaps this day is a good day just to pause for a moment. A day to think about this past Lent. Think about what we have had to give up. Now think about what we will be able to receive come Easter. Amazing!!!

    Blessings to you and yours this day,

    Pastor Randy

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