Saturday, 26 March 2016

Under the surface

Luke 23:50-54
The Burial of Jesus
Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning.

And so the earth lies silent
The last nail has been hammered
The last jeer has been shouted
The wood that hoisted him high
has been splintered
accompanied by the tearing
of the temple curtain.
The heavy tombstone
has been rolled into place.
Silence reigns.
But that silence conceals
something so incendiary
just waiting to burst into life.
The tomb becomes a womb
from which life will explode
when the time is right.
In the desolation
and in the darkness
God wrestles new life into being.
But for now,
The silence of the rock-hewn tomb.

3 comments:

Paul Rider said...

Liz, I hope you won't mind if I read this at our Holy Saturday service this morning! Beautiful....

Paul Rider

liz said...

I'd be delighted that you can use it. Thanks x

Paul Rider said...

Thank you. They thought it was wonderfully put!
Happy Easter!

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