Exodus 35:10-36:38; Matthew 27:32-66; Psalm 34:1-10; Proverbs 9:7-8
After a weekend of parades in New Orleans celebrating with family and friends I need to just sit–to be still–to remember the sights and sounds and conversations.
In today’s N.T. reading two Marys needed to sit. “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.” Matthew 36:61.
It had been a long, terrifying day for them–noisy crowds, angry, abusive soldiers pushing along Jesus who carried the wooden crossbeam up to the hill called Golgatha. The cries of pain as nails were hammered into flesh, the gasping for air, the words He spoke before He gave up his Spirit and died. Bringing His body down, wrapping it in a cloth, carrying it to a tomb.
Yes…the Marys could do no more than sit.
It’s OK to sit. It really is. In sorrow or in joy. It’s OK to sit and ponder–to reflect on God’s activities in our lives.
I’m sitting an remembering fun times with family and friends during Mardi Gras. I’m also pondering like the two Marys on what my Savior’s sacrifice on the cross means to me on this day–Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season.
Lord God, at this sitting time, I thank you for the great fun spent with loved ones this past weekend in New Orleans–for laughter and good food and safe travels. I ponder now, Lord, on the soberness of Lent, beginning today, Ash Wednesday. Make me mindful of the great sacrifice of your son, Jesus. Help me find time to sit and to ponder your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.