Saturday, April 20    Psalm 31: 1-4, 15-16  Rev. Steve Heyduck

I take refuge in you, Lord. Please never let me be put to shame. Rescue me by your righteousness! Listen closely to me! Deliver me quickly; be a rock that protects me; be a strong fortress that saves me! You are definitely my rock and my fortress. Guide me and lead me for the sake of your good name! Get me out of this net that’s been set for me because you are my protective fortress.

15 My future is in your hands. Don’t hand me over to my enemies, to all who are out to get me! 16 Shine your face on your servant; save me by your faithful love!

Even though you and I know that tomorrow we will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, and God’s victory over death, today I am always encouraged to sit in this space for a while.

What must this day have felt like to Jesus’ first disciples? Even if they understood when he taught about his coming resurrection, they surely couldn’t have imagined that on this day, the day after his crucifixion, they would have been overwhelmed with thoughts of how they had each let him down, and memories of the horrific way his torture and death had gone just the day before. It was probably one of those days where you feel so exhausted you can’t seem to do anything, but you’re also too wired to sleep. They had literally walked away from their lives to follow Jesus, and now he was gone.

So make some time today to put yourself, as much as you can, in the place of those early disciples. What did it feel like? What were they thinking? Were they even able to imagine what might happen next, or what tomorrow might look like?

Then read Psalm 31:1-4 and 15-16. Invite God’s presence and goodness into your thoughts. Ask God, like the Psalmist did, to Shine your face on your servant; save me by your faithful love!

Your future, and our church’s future, like the Psalmist and like Jesus’ disciples, is in God’s hands.

Prayer: Creator God, help us to see hope in the midst of despair. Help us to find your peace.