Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Almost and Not Yet

Today is Holy Saturday. Well, every Saturday is holy. But this Saturday is the day of the almost and not yet of Jesus’ resurrection. We often find ourselves in times of almost and not yet, so this day helps us to practice being in that space.  Nouwen describes this place:

The word patience comes from the Latin verb patior, which means “to suffer.” Waiting patiently is suffering through the present moment, tasting it to the full, and letting the seeds that are sown in the ground on which we stand grow into strong plants. Waiting patiently always means paying attention to what is happening right before our eyes and seeing there the first rays of God’s glorious coming.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen

This season of Lent we have focused on listening. Listening to God, to ourselves, to one another, to creation, to life, to those who are crying out in despair. Listening with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.

In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.”

Howard Thurman

Holy Saturday is perhaps our final exam after this season of studying listening. In listening we learn about God:

There is no telling where God may turn up next — around what sudden bend of the path if you happen to have your eyes and ears open, your wits about you, in what odd, small moments almost too foolish to tell.”

Frederick Buechner

And in listening, we love one another:

Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.”

David W. Augsburger

Please join us in the almost and not yet time of today as we pray from 4-8 pm. You didn’t have to sign up for the Easter Prayer Vigil – you can pray for a minute or two (or ten) for a world that needs our listening hearts more than ever. And, then tomorrow, we’ll hope you’ll join us in the now of resurrection at Easter worship. 8:30 am outdoors at 6500 S Quebec St, Centennial and 10:00 am via the livestream.

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.” 

Thomas Aquinas

Grace be with you,