April 3, 2021
Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24 (NIV)
Dr. Ken Sprinkle, Retired Pastor
Lamentations 3:1-19, 19-24
1I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. 2He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light; 3indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long. 4He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones. 5He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship. 6He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead.
7He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains. 8Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. 9He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.
19I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
21Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. 23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
Silent Saturday. Holy Saturday? Maybe. But definitely Silent. Nothing much is known of the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
The body of Jesus had been laid in the tomb. “He descended into hell,” says one version of the Apostles’ Creed. 1st Peter says Jesus preached to the dead (1 Peter 4:1-8 – another passage for today). We don’t really know what that means. The other New Testament passages for today simply state that Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus anointed the body of Jesus and placed it in a nearby tomb. However, we have to remember that that was on Friday. Not Silent Saturday. How was it Holy? Every day can be Holy. That Saturday was Silent.
I have discovered that people today don’t like silence. The television is on. The radio is on. The earbuds are in so we can listen to our own stuff. If it gets quiet, we may have to think, to ponder, to reflect. Maybe even pray. Who can we pray for? What can we pray for? What can we do to keep from sitting (or lying in bed trying to sleep) and being inundated by the deafening silence?
Silent Saturday. Yet, we can have hope. Silence does not consume us. God’s love protects, his compassion never fail. Each day starts with God’s grace. He is faithful even when we fail. Even when we can’t stand the silence, grace is on its way each day.
So even on Silent Saturday, we can hope. We can trust. We can wait for Him. Tomorrow is a New Day, indeed!