Today we wait in stillness and silence, between the cross and the empty tomb. The apostles waited. The women waited. The other disciples waited. The whole of creation waited...not knowing what exactly would happen, not knowing exactly when it would end, not knowing what to believe and what to reject.
In many ways, their waiting then was not unlike our waiting now in the midst of our own uncertainty, alienation, loneliness, and anxiety. Take comfort, God knows our hearts and is perfectly sympathetic toward us.
In the midst of our isolation, fears, and doubts, Emmanuel is still with us.
And with us today, all of creation waits. Come, Lord Jesus.
Collect of the Day
O GOD, Who didst enlighten this most holy night with the glory of the Lord’s Resurrection: Preserve in all Thy people the spirit of adoption which Thou hast given, so that renewed in body and soul they may perform unto Thee a pure service; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.