Today is a busy day. Pastors and churches are relaxing briefly between all the services of the last couple of days and at the same time preparing for the brilliance of the services tomorrow. All over FaceBook people are posting about the services attended, wishing people Happy Easter and inviting folks to egg hunts and discussing what to have for the big family meal tomorrow.
However ~ over 2000 years ago, this was not the way it was. This was the Sabbath when no work was done, when rest was taken. And in the midst of that time as small group of folks known as disciples huddled together in fear wondering what would become of them if the Roman army came. It was not a day of busy-ness. It was not a day of hope. What had happened Thursday night through to Friday afternoon had totally destroyed their world and they were literally walking through the valley of the shadow of death and saw no way out. Easter morning had not yet come.
I think it is important to take some time today to reflect on that experience in order to truly appreciate the amazement and the glory of tomorrow. It is not all new dresses, eggs and flowers. It is new life in a whole new way and it is good to remember the whole experience including the grey of today. It will make tomorrow so much better.