Waiting In The Silence

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Listen . . . 

Think On This . . .

The gospel writers noted what happened to Jesus’ body after he died (Matthew 27:57-59Mark 15: 46Luke 23:53-54, and John 19-39-42).

Those who knew and loved Jesus suffered deep shock in his dying and death.

The day after death. 

Grief.

Sorrow.

Aloneness.

Silence.

There’s a sense of waiting . . . for the one who has died . . . to come back.  There’s a surreal feeling that it’s not true.

Until. 

Someone begins a list of what needs to be done or says something like, “He was so wonderful. He is already missed.  What will we do without him?”

Then. 

The power of the reality devastates.

But. 

This day shifts the truth of death.   

This day provides an opportunity to wait in the silence and meditate on the work of Christ on the cross and how he died . . .  under the amassed weight and power of death . . .  and darkness. 

This day is the beginning of restoration . . . because the cross is not where it all ends . . . but where it begins. 

Meditate . . . Be still and know God . . . 

Silence provides a path to knowing. Making space for silence is a soul-deep practice; however, it’s often forgotten in the midst of busyness and pressure.  Silence gives way to inward growth, a work deep within the soul . . . where we take time to listen to understand . . . to anchor deep in truth.

Enter into the silence. 

Experience the power of what this day means.

Listen. 

Lean into the Life within and around you.

Learn

Think On This . . .

In silence it’s learned:

The power of the reality of the cross is an earthquake to the soul.

The cross changes everything.

For Kids . . .

Sit down together.  Discuss what it means to listen.

  • Listen together.
  • Ask, “What did you hear?”
  • Acknowledge their answers:  A car, a bird, the hum of a refrigerator . . .
  • Repeat this a few times.
  • Discuss listening as an adventure:  “When we take time to listen, we learn.”

Start a conversation of how people still listen to Jesus’ prayer.

We’ve prepared some simple thoughts and meditations for adults and kids this week at Sunday Soul Work:  Holy Week

A Conversation About Holy Week

In our conversation at the table, Joshua questioned me about some of my thoughts and experiences on Holy Week.

On Palm Sunday, April 14, TableThink will  provide some resources for you to use during Holy Week.  This will include some thoughts on John 20-10-11. John, referred to as the other disciple, and Peter went home after seeing the linen cloths lying in the tomb and the burial cloth folded.

The thing is . . . they went home . . . missing the most magnificent moment in humanity’s history.

But. 

Mary went back to the tomb where Jesus had been buried and experienced more than can be imagined.

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