Good Morning, God
Over the years I haven’t thought much about Holy Saturday. It was just a day on which I waited for Easter. Good Friday I can picture. Easter, too. But for Holy Saturday I have no images.
Now that I actually think about it — it seems to me that it was during this time that Jesus descended into Hell. That’s what it says in the Apostles’ Creed.
I like the idea of Jesus visiting hell — the Word announcing Himself to all who had gone before. Mind you, God, Hell as a concept has fallen out of favor. In C.S. Lewis’ book the Great Divorce, spirits from Hell can go up to Heaven on a day’s “bus trip” — but then, C.S. Lewis presents Hell as a Place where people “choose” to stay — not where the wicked are cast into the fire. Lewis’ hell is more like a Northern English industrial city -grey, dull and smoggy.
But, I didn’t mean to get into THAT topic, God. I was just trying to imagine what happened on Holy Saturday.
Maybe I am jumping into Easter, but the verse I love best is the verse in Ephesians 1:19 about how THAT SAME GREAT SPIRIT that RAISED Christ Jesus from the DEAD is at work in US.
Yes, God. You DO want to be at WORK in Us. I believe it. But it really does seem way too astounding to be easily comprehended. Only it isn’t so much a matter of comprehending it — but rather being APPREHENDED BY IT!
Sigh, I want to be apprehended immediately — I want to be GRABBED by Your Holy Spirit now! But God, for me it seems to be a slow moment-by-moment matter of focusing attention on You. It’s about Focused Attention and The TRUST/COURAGE to RESPOND to Your small nudges. You wait for me to say, Yes. And saying yes is scary.
But, with Your help, God, YES! YES, GOD!