Sorrow needs a home as well as joy

The both/and of Holy Saturday: holding in tension the promise of resurrection and the pain of death. Praying this morning for all those grieving those they love but see no more. Sharing this meditation from Bishop Steven Charleston as we dwell in this liminal space between grief and resurrection.

The dark has as much right to be here as the light.
Sorrow needs a home as well as joy.
Our spiritual lives are not a barrier
against any one part of reality over another,
but a full acceptance of reality as it is.
We will cry.
There is no defense for it.
But our tears will be noticed by a loving heart.
We will not cry alone and we will not cry forever.
Comfort, strength, and renewal will come to us all,
but sometimes after we pass through a time of shadows.
The grave is such a place.
And life is the container that holds them both:
the laughter and the silence,
each more profound than words will ever be.

Bishop Steven Charleston on Facebook

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Cover Image:
Holy Saturday 2021 – Pieta-Beloved, Private Collection

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