Throughout Easter week the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, is delivering her Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4. In her first of six prayers, today Bishop Rachel reflects on her arrival lasy year into the Diocese of Gloucester and the emotions and feelings that came with leaving the old and looking ahead to the new.
Holy Saturday 26 March 2016
Exactly one year ago today my husband and I were waking up in a room in Gloucester on the brink of me being announced as the new Bishop. It was a strange feeling – a mixture of terror and excitement – we were living in an ‘in between’ place, knowing that life would never be the same again.
On that day of announcement I had the privilege of visiting a women’s prison, and it has been a joy to be back there this week and to share in the events of Holy week.
Prison is an ‘in-between place’ – for many of the women there has been immense pain and brokenness in their lives, and yet there is the possibility of something new and different…
Today is Holy Saturday – An in-between day. Yesterday Christians lived the agony of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, and wept at our own brokenness. Tomorrow, on Easter day we will rejoice that life is stronger than death as Jesus Christ’s resurrection is celebrated.
But today on Holy Saturday, we live in that ‘in-between place’…
And for me, as a follower of Jesus Christ, it is one of the most profound days of the year because it is symbolic of where I live my life: Each present day aware of my past frailty and brokenness – yet knowing that hope is stronger than despair – and that I am loved by God who makes all things new, and that one day there will be no more pain, no more death and no more tears.
Loving God, in all those places of ‘in between’, give us courage to acknowledge the past and to live the present with hope and expectation. Amen.