What are you hoping for?
Finding the answer to that question requires quite some time for contemplation.
It’s the day after the commemoration of Jesus’ horrific death. As with any personal loss or tragedy, there is a time for grief and lamentation. The only way out is to hope for better things to come.
Holy Saturday gives us the opportunity to ponder what life will be like after our Lenten reflections.
What have we learned?
What is God, through the hope of the Jesus of Easter, calling us know?
What are we being called to be?
What are we being called to do?
The hope that the Easter resurrection gives us, is that despite all the travails experienced in this world, we are never alone. We are a people empowered by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, who Jesus promised will be our Comforter. In the Bible, the word ‘comfort’ is always used in the context of support, encouragement and exhortation.
It is in quiet moments that I have gained a vision of a brighter future, realising that hope is based on the conviction that God within, is supporting and giving the clarity and courage that is needed to serve Him.
Inspired by the words of a beloved hymn, I interpreted this serene scene in a 24″x36″ painting from the photo entitled ‘A Place to Ponder,’ which was posted on Facebook by a friend.
“Drop Thy still dews of quietness, until all my strivings cease, Take from my soul the strain and stress, and let my ordered life confess, the beauty of Thy peace. Breathe through the heats of my desires, Thy coolness and Thy balm, Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire, speak through the earthquake wind and fire, Thou still small voice of calm.”
Christ in you, the hope of glory. That’s why glory matters.