Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.
These are the ones we should serve, these are the ones we should love; all these are neighbors to us and you.
United Methodist Hymn # 432 words by Tom Colvin
Psalm 33:20 – “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”
Isaiah 12:2 – “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.”
Easter Saturday. One of the in-between times that we have in our lives. We often talk about events by using “from – to” but our lives are really more about “from – through – to.” We live mainly in the “through” times. Easter Saturday is one of those times.
The women in Luke’s Gospel (Ch. 12) have just come “from” the crucifixion experience. Their world has been turned upside-down; they don’t know what lies ahead. They come to the grave-site expecting to find Jesus’ body, bringing with them the spices that were used after a death. They were not expecting a resurrection; they had not understood Jesus when he told them that in 3 days he would be raised. They did not live in hope. They were just going about their customary caring for a loved one who had died.
There is a strong statement in the Palestine Kairos Document: “In the absence of hope, we cry out our cry of hope.” Like the women, the people of this land see very little that gives them hope. They are living in an in-between time, from dispossession, through occupation to… what? The answer we hope for is peace, liberation, justice, equality, freedom. But at the moment, we wait in hope, in the absence of hope, in a hope that looks to God, a God who is faithful and who calls us to “trust and not be afraid.”
Lord, Help us to keep our eyes focused on you when we experience the difficult in-between times of life. When we get discouraged and feel that hope is lost, remind us to put our trust in you. Amen.
-Tina Whitehead, United Methodist Volunteer in Palestine and Israel
The wooden wall, a project of the YWCA of Jerusalem, photograph taken by Rev. Kristen L. Brown
Rainbow over Jerusalem, photograph taken by Tina Whitehead