During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
Today is March 31st, the day before Easter. It is also known as Holy Saturday, Holy and Great Sabbath and sometimes Easter Eve. Some believe this is the day Jesus freed souls from hell, Harrowing of Hades. What Christians do believe is that this is the day Jesus was buried in a tomb following his crucifixion.
I first heard of this Easter Eve last year on Good Friday. I believe I read an article on social media about ways people acknowledge this time. One that resonated with me was at sunset finding a quiet place to have a conversation with God. (“The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil takes place at night. It should not begin before nightfall; it should end before daybreak on Sunday.”) So I decided to start a new tradition in my Easter season and made a plan to take time the next day to have a conversation with God in a quiet place and reflect on life.
On Easter Eve, after fixing dinner for my family I set out to my quiet place – Simpsonwood Park. Of course I completely forgot that I should not have been at the park after sunset. I found a bench by the chapel and heard our band rehearsing for the Sunrise service. It was very peaceful and I was able to free my thoughts from all that was weighing on me and have a peaceful conversation with God.
I finished up about the time the band members were leaving. We all noticed two dogs lost with their leashes still attached. No owner in site, police could not help, animal control did not answer our call. I was concerned the owner might be on a trail hurt, but the park is too big to search at night. To keep the story short, one of the band members and I sent info/pictures out on social media trying to locate the owner. It was getting late, band member needed to get home to rest, neither one of us could take the 2 dogs home so I made an executive decision to keep the dogs in God’s house for the night. We got food/blankets/water and put them in the ladies’ shower room. We were told an individual would be by in the morning, on Easter, to pick up the dogs to see if they were micro chipped. Dogs were picked up, owner found, dogs safely back home.
To me, the Easter season is a time to reflect on your faith journey. What has God sacrificed for us? How do we accept this great gift? When Jesus died on the cross, how many people were lost? How many just needed someone to lead them to a safe place? What is that safe place? How does it look?
I hope you will join me this year with taking time tonight to find your quiet place and have a conversation with God. If lost for words, read Psalm 31