Song for the Season: Were You There?

Today is a Holy time, Holy Saturday.

It is a time to sit with the depth of the grief of Jesus’ passing, and the grief of the world.

I always think about the following Gospel spiritual during this time:

Jesus’ time of grief was solitary — abandoned but all but a tiny few of his friends, a handful of women who would not leave his side.

Yet even the scattered friends of his, who fled in fear, found solace together in locked rooms.

I find in grief, friends have been the boon that kept me going.  This Holy Saturday I am beginning what I hope will be a tradition of celebrating this day by gathering good friends together.  A song that reflects the value of such friends to me is this one:

However you celebrate Holy Saturday, may you know a deeper connection with the things of Christ, the path of the Gospel, and your own soul today.

Your progressive redneck preacher,



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