Saturday, March 22, 2008
Come Saturday Morning...
Hey, bloggers...SPRING IS HERE! And today is HOLY SATURDAY...the day before Easter...so HAPPY HOLY SATURDAY!...(I really don't mean to sound disrespectful, but it requires great effort on my part to not say Holy Saturday, Batman!) Forgive me, please. That's just wrong. Anyway, I was going to publish information about the traditional observances of Holy Saturday around the world, but I want to go in a different direction. Of course, we'll be talking about Resurrection Sunday tomorrow.
I loved all the responses about Good Friday yesterday (BTW, Debye pointed out to me that the picture I downloaded says "Goood" (three "o's") Friday...I hadn't even noticed it...I could make up a story about why it's spelled with three o's (three days in the grave?), but that would also just be wrong. It just came that way. But what I want to talk about is simply SATURDAY. Let me say that I truly honor the strong convictions of those who believe that Saturday is the true Sabbath...but, in all due respect, Christ is the Sabbath, and in Him, every day is holy! Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a New Moon or a Sabbath. Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality (the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it) belongs to Christ. (Colossians 2:16, 17 - AMP)
And don't write me to challenge me to a debate about that...if you believe that a day, either Saturday or Sunday, is the Sabbath, you're allowed. Namaste!
If you are somewhere around my age, you will relate to this...when I was a kid, Saturday was the most awesome, wonderful, sublime part of God's creation, as far as I was concerned. Monday through Friday was all about school and homework and bed-time, and Sunday in our house was about going to church all day long...Sunday School, Morning Worship, Choir practice, Youth Service, and Sunday Night "Evangelistic" Service.
But Saturday...ah, sweet Saturday...that was about no school, and staying in your pajamas and eating cereal while you watched (let me take a deep breath before I say it)...SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS!
Kids today have 24 hours of cable TV available to them with entire cartoon networks broadcasting nonstop, not to mention videos and DVDs and Xbox 360 and whatever else they have now, so they can't possibly understand how precious those few hours of cartoons on those three networks were every Saturday morning back in the day! I loved them all...the Warner Bros. stuff (Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies) and all the Hanna-Barbera collection (everything from Adam Ant to Scooby-Doo), and all the Syd and Marty Krofft productions, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, and my personal favorite...the Banana Splits! Then, in the afternoon it was old Tarzan movies, and when I got a little older, Amercian Bandstand and Soooooooooooouuuuuuuuullllll Traaaaaaaaaiiiiiiinnnnnnnn were added to the line-up.
I know this doesn't sound spiritual enough for the day before Easter, but I was thinking about the kids in our church having their mega-Easter Egg Hunt today, and I grew nostalgic for the Saturdays of my childhood. Jesus said that only those who viewed the world as children could enter His Kingdom...and for me "Saturday" is a state of mind...a mindset that enables me to have child-like faith, to believe for the best in people, to be hopeful and optimistic, to believe in magic, and to believe that stories can and should have happy endings.
And on this day when we solemnly remember the still, quiet Saturday tomb of Jesus...when we observe Holy Saturday...I want to embrace that which is truly holy...the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead...the Spirit of Life Who writes the happy endings to all of our story-lines!
And just look around you. Spring is bursting out everywhere, and spring is about the promise of life conquering death...about possibilities...about life in living color. Tomorrow's going to be a beautiful day...Sunrise Service...a celebration of praise and worship...a full house...but today, I'm just glad it's Saturday!
Anyone remember this song by the Sandpipers?
Come Saturday morning
I'm goin' away with my friend (my friend)
We'll Saturday-spend till the end of the day...
Just I and my friend
We'll travel for miles in our Saturday smiles
And then we'll move on
But we will remember long after Saturday's gone...