No Twitter party for me last night – the app wasn’t working properly so I left. This morning I check-in at Kate’s place and see the word chosen for the Five Minute Friday challenge this week. And, it’s a good one.
A word that signifies depletion or hopelessness.
I was empty and undone.
Have you ever gone somewhere, expecting an event or a happening only to find it empty? Or, perhaps suddenly you feel alone? Or, you are trying to reach someone on the phone and then another and then another and no one seems to be anywhere? It feels rather apocalyptic – am I the only one here? Where has everyone gone?
Everything, every place seems to be empty.
We’ve all been asked, “Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty?”
E M P T Y.
Can you, just for a moment, put on the sandals belonging to Mary of Magdala.
It is early in the darkness of morning of the first day of the week.
The day before this one was spent in grief and despair…
With an empty heart observing Sabbath…
Finally, she can go do something useful for her Lord – she can go dress his dead corpse, see him one more time – perhaps saying words she could not say at the foot of the cross and hoping some way, somehow, he will hear her.
Mary arrives at the tomb.
Its stone closure rolled open.
John, Peter, they have taken him – the tomb is empty.
No longer able to serve him one more time – she stands…
Her hands full of spices and herbs.
Her heart – empty.
The Rest of the Story is the best part – in that garden, all alone – she hears, “Mary.”
He IS risen.
He is risen INDEED!