Lenten Devotional for March 23

The Tragic Gap

Isaiah 43:19devoWay

Look! I’m doing a new thing;
now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it?
I’m making a way in the desert,
paths in the wilderness.
—Isaiah 43:19


When familiar contours disappear and the earth moves beneath our feet, where can we stand? We can stand in the tragic gap. This is Holy Saturday ground, the ground we occupy between the virtue we see to be possible and its actual flourishing throughout the land. It is holy ground because the unanticipated, painful, incomprehensible loss of cherished landmarks offers an opportunity to see alternative perspectives, different paths, fresh horizons. It is holy ground because we stake our lives on it, holding fast to truth we know and holding out for truth yet to be revealed. It is holy ground because it holds within its soil the seed of courage and the possibility of renewal.

“I am about to do a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it.” (Isa. 43:19). These words contain the promise of Good Friday and the challenge of Easter. Between them rests Holy Saturday, the terrain in which we wait, watch, and prepare as best as we can to be astonished.
—John Mogabgab*


Lord, I wait eagerly for Easter Sunday. And, look forward to the possibilities it holds. Until then, let me be patient as you prepare. Amen.


How will you spend this day between the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Credits: *From Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life “Holy Saturday: Standing in the Tragic Gap,” February/March/April 2015. Copyright © The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


This and the other devotionals for this Lenten Series can be found at the following link: http://www.thegodwecanknow.com/category/50-devotions/.

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