[#pictureLent] Holy Saturday March 26: SAVE

By Rev. Dr. Tanya Marie Eustace
Discipleship Ministries
Nashville, TN

First, read Psalms 31:15-16

My future is in your hands. Don’t hand me over to my enemies, to all who are out to get me!
Shine your face on your servant; save me by your faithful love!

Eleven years ago I sat on my bed praying a similar prayer to the one found in Psalm 31:

“Lord help me remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I cannot handle together. Help me move forward one breath, one step, one day at a time.”

It was a dark time in my life. The world was crashing around me extinguishing any hope for a future of happiness and joy. I often felt like I was grasping for every breath as I summoned the courage to get up and face the day. I believed that God was with me but it was in this dark place that I learned how to trust in and rely on God’s saving grace and love. 

During this time, my salvation came in the form of a strong faith community who prayed for and with me. My friends and spiritual director reminded me of God’s presence and guiding love. They encouraged me to lean on God as I found a way to move forward in hope. With their help, I began to see the light as I discerned a different way forward. 

The support, encouragement, and love of these faithful people showed me how to put my trust in God’s saving grace and love. They helped me find the strength I needed to put one foot in front of the other as God and I carved a new path. 

Recently, I found a letter that I wrote to God and myself during that dark time. As I read this letter I experienced again the pain and agony I felt eleven years ago. I also felt deep joy and gratitude as I reflected on my journey out of that dark place- the doors that were opened, the people that I met, and the roads I have trod. 

Sometimes it takes time and distance for us to see how God’s redeeming love protects, guides, and saves us. It takes faith and the support of others to continue to move forward when the way is unclear. 

Our faith does not promise an easy road. There are times when we cannot see the light or feel the joy. We cry out to be saved and we step into our Savior’s arms. We give our lives to Christ, we pray that we will not be forgotten, we lean on and trust in God’s saving grace and love, and we find ways to move forward one breath, one step, one day at a time.

Prayer: Lord help me remember, that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I cannot handle together. My Savior and guide, give me the strength to move forward one breath, one step, one day at a time.

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

1. When have you cried out to be saved?
2. Who showed you the redeeming love of God?
3. How is God calling you to share this promise of salvation with others?