The Longest Sabbath
Since we know the ending to the story of Jesus’ Passion and death, we often don’t give much thought to what it was like for Jesus’ family and friends on the day between the Crucifixion and his resurrection. That day was a Sabbath day for them. They had no work to do, no shopping or cooking or cleaning—nothing to distract them from what just happened. Their only activities of the day would have been grieving, sleeping, eating, praying, and replaying the story of Jesus’ death, maybe out loud with each other, or maybe over and over in their own minds. For those of you who have lost loved ones, you know the experience of that terrible first day after a death.
FOR PRAYER: Today, do what Jesus’ friends and family did after he died. They rested. They prayed, probably reading the scriptures, looking for comfort and hope. They told stories of their loved ones. They grieved.
Perhaps today is a day to visit the burial site of your loved ones or remember them in a special way.