Saturday, June 4, 2011

Post Pascha Blues

Dead silence has fallen upon the beginnings and endings of my prayers. For forty days I have been singing "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life". In a reliving the experience sort of way, I feel the emptiness the apostles must have felt when Christ ascended in to heaven after being with them the forty days after his resurrection. By taking away my joyful song from my prayers, I also have a heightened sense of anticipation for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And so, the celebration and power of God is realized in its fullness as the Holy Spirit comes and abides in us, cleanses us from our sins and saves our souls to the uttermost. God is good, and he has given us these touch-points of grace so we can perpetuate the realness of his life, death, resurrection, ascension and outpouring of his Spirit and taste of his salvation - we can experience it just like the apostles.

1 comment:

Grace said...

What a touching observation. I had been noticing this Pascha season that I actually am so used to my regular routine for morning prayers that just the fact that you leave off the "O Heavenly King" prayer until after Pentecost is enough to just make me feel a little off-balance for 40 days. Yours is a better reflection; I'd rather concentrate on what you *get* during Pascha than what you *lose* -- however temporarily.