Holy Saturday Ezekiel 36:24-28
24 I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. 28 Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
I hear your promises, O Holy One.
The stillness of death brushes my cheek.
The smell of death encircles me.
The taste of death is bitter.
Help me let go those parts of me that need to die.
Prepare my eyes to see the hope of the one who returns the sweetness to the world.
Prepare my ears to hear the timpani of new life.
Prepare my broken heart to be flooded with joy as the stone falls away.
I can wait, one more day.
For the promise of You gives me strength.
(c) 2015 The Rev. Lil Smith