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Among the many books and commentaries I read for the Lenten study I wrote was Adam Hamilton’s “24 Hours That Changed the World.” He said something that I knew, but just hadn’t heard it phrased quite the same way. He called the Saturday after Christ’s crucifixion, “the day after…”  He said, “There is always a ‘day after’ the news, the doctor’s report, the disaster…”

The title of our study for the time after the crucifixion was “The Next Day – And the Next…” For some, even hearing the good news of the resurrection didn’t bring much joy or relief. The two on the road to Emmaus cried out to the “stranger” (Jesus, Himself) “But, we’d hoped…” that things would be different.

I have a friend who is living through “Saturday.” Her (waaaay too young) husband just died from a massive heart attack, and now it’s “Saturday” – the “next day” in her life. She knows that “Sunday” is coming. She knows that there will be a resurrection. But, it’s still “Saturday.” And you have to get through Saturday before it’s Sunday.

We all know where we are at “point A”. And we know where we will be when we get to “point B.” God give us grace and endurance to continue. “Endurance” is defined by The Spirit-Filled Life Bible (NKJV) as “the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat.” And that, dear friends, only comes from God.

Pray for those who are living in “the next day” moments in their lives. And pray for those who have heard, and even know the resurrection has taken place, but in their pain are crying out, “but we’d hoped…” it would be different.

And Paula… I’m praying for you.

Love, Betty

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