DayBreaks for 4/15/17 – Silence

DayBreaks for 4/15/17: Silence

From the Holy Week devotional guide from our church:

“The silence is excruciating. He’s dead. That’s all the disciples knew. They couldn’t try to distract themselves with busyness because it was the Sabbath. They just had to sit in it – the pain of loss weighing down on them with no escape. We had hoped He would be the One to redeem Israel, some of his followers said after he died (Lk. 24:21). We had hoped. Losing a loved one is devastating (and none of them had ever experienced love the way Jesus had loved them) but they not only lost him, they lost hope. Hope that they would be redeemed by him, hope that he was who they thought he was. But now he was dead. The apostles had staked their whole lives on him being the one to redeem, but then in his greatest act of love, they ran away from him, piling guilt on top of their pain of loss. Afraid and ashamed. Now they’re trapped in the painful silence of Saturday.

“But Saturday isn’t the whole story. We know that. We know that there is incredible hope: real, true, eternal redemption nearly bursting through seams of that dark, silent Saturday. On Sunday that hope explodes onto the scene of history as a reality to experience with joy and wonder in the face of the Risen Savior. On Saturday that hope is a reality in the form of a promise to be trusted in, amid the silence, the doubt and the pain. A promise from the lips of Jesus: I will rise again on the third day. A promise from the beginning: that the serpent’s head will be crushed (Genesis 3:15), sin will be conquered, that death will be put to death and that redemption will be accomplished by the One who came to redeem – not just Israel – but all who would believe in Him.

“That promise should have given great hope to Jesus’ followers in the painful silence of Saturday. And it should give hope to us when we feel like we’re living hrough that same kind of painful silence day after day. One this side of history, we have more than a promise. He has Risen and conquered sin and death and given us His Presence. But all things are not yet the way they’re supposed to be. There is still a promise to be fulfilled. Jesus is coming again to deal the final deathblow to death, to rid the world of sine and to wipe away the last tears of grief (Rev. 21:19-20).

“Maybe you find yourself overwhelmed with the silence of a question that has gone unanswered; a loved one who stands at a distance, resistant and angry; a realization that your shame is ever before you. There is hope. Jesus has overcome all our Saturdays. You don’t have to live in the dark, silent shadow of Saturday. You can live in the amazing hope of Sunday.” – Ryan Brown, discipleship director, Perimeter church

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for providing all we need. Thank you for not abandoning us in our times of painful silence. Facing days of undertainty knowing that You are with us, calms our anxieties and our fears. We look with hope to Your coming when You will make all things right. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

DayBreaks for 8/11/15 – A Long Day’s Journey of the Saturday

DayBreaks for 8/11/15: A Long Day’s Journey of the Saturday 

From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:

Psalm 6:2-3 – Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish.  How long, O LORD, how long?

I’m actually just back from vacation this week.  I needed it.  I’d been pretty worn out the past few weeks.  We had lots of house guests this summer who came and stayed, a few weddings and we just finished our Vacation Bible School on July 29, and it all seemed to just be one thing right after the other without stop.  You know the feeling.  Sometimes life just seems slightly over the edge, doesn’t it? 

George Steiner wrote: “We know of the Good Friday which Christianity holds to have been that of the Cross.  But the non-Christian, the atheist, knows of it as well.  This is to say that he knows of the injustice, of the interminable suffering, of the waste, of the brute enigma of ending, which so largely make up not only the historical dimension of the human condition, but the everyday fabric of our personal lives.  We know, ineluctably, of the pain, of the failure of love, of the solitude which are our history and private fate.  We know also about Sunday.  To the Christian, that day signifies an intimation, both assured and precarious, both evident and beyond comprehension, of resurrection, of a justice and a love that have conquered death…The lineaments of that Sunday carry the name of hope (there is no world less deconstructible.)  But ours is the long day’s journey of the Saturday.”

Our dilemma comes because we live in the nether world between Good Friday and Sunday.  In short, we live on Saturday…stuck half way between the injustice of the world and sin and death and weariness and desperation, and the promise of justice, holiness, everlasting life, eternal energy and the fulfillment of all things.  While most of us who have Saturday off from work long for that day to arrive each week, that “day” we really long for hasn’t arrived yet.  By faith, we can see it just around the corner from where we live.  With age, we hear its footsteps on the gravel path leading to our door. 

In the movie, Gladiator, Djimon Hounsou plays a gladiator friend of General Maximus (played by Russell Crowe.)  At one point in the movie, they speak of their families and wonder if they will ever see them again.  Hounsou says something to this effect: “I believe I will see them again.  But not yet.  Not yet.”  The longing in his voice is palpable.  That is how I long for Saturday to be over and for “Sunday” to arrive, for when it happens, I will see the Savior face to face.  I expect that day to come, but not yet, not yet.

PRAYER: We wait, as patiently as we can, for your return, and with joy for what that day will bring! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 4/19/14 – Sounds of Silence

DayBreaks for 4/19/14 – The Sound of Silence

This is the forgotten day of the Easter story.  It is easy to skip from Friday to Sunday.  But this day was as real as those two days and perhaps it was the darkest of them all.

Inside the tomb there is no light – it has been blocked by the massive stone at the entrance.  It is silent.  There is no sound.  There is no movement of the air.  There is only a dead body lying still, growing ever colder and more stiff with each passing hour.  It is the body of the man called Jesus. 

The body is wrapped, but due to the lateness of the hour, the final actions were not able to be completed before the Sabbath.  Even in death it seems that time had run out. 

During the long day, the disciples must have hidden themselves from prying eyes, stunned into silence themselves by the events of the previous 24 hours.  Slowly, surely, the reality set in: Jesus, the One they had thought could be the Messiah, the one that had called them from their fishing boats and tax collection booths, was encased in a stone tomb, wrapped in darkness and silence.

How could life go on?  What were they to do now? 

As the sun sank in the sky and darkness grew deeper on this night, it was not just the body of Jesus that was a mess…the disciples were a mess, too, as they had to wrestle with their own cowardice and betrayal.  They needed time to come to grips with all that had happened.

And all the while on this day, inside the tomb it was like every other tomb in ancient Jerusalem: dead, black, silent, filled with the scent of decaying flesh.  A God-forsaken place bereft of hope.

And the world waited….for nothing.

PRAYER: Jesus, it should not have happened to you!  It should have happened to me instead! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/29/13 – The Miracle of Saturday

DayBreaks for 03/29/13 – The Miracle of Saturday                     

Untitled-1Mark 15:46 (ESV) – And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

There are apocryphal writings that purport to describe the “lost years of Jesus.”  They tell of ridiculous, fanciful events that tickle the fancy of critics and fans of Christ alike.  Some seem almost plausible, but others are, well, ridiculous.  There’s a good reason they weren’t included in the canon!

We don’t know much about the first 30 years of Jesus life.  They are a mystery.  We can imagine him working in the carpentry shop, most likely providing for his mother and younger siblings.  Someday we can ask Him about those years, but not now.  They are lost to us for now.

One of the strangest days in Jesus’ life had to be the day between Friday and Sunday – the Saturday of Holy Week.  Again today I turn to John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man?:

“From a human standpoint, we think of the miraculous day as Sunday, the day the man Jesus is risen from the dead.  I wonder if, from Heaven’s standpoint, the great miracle isn’t on Saturday.  When Jesus is born, the skies are filled with the heavenly hosts praising God because that baby is Emmanuel, God with us.  Somehow Go din a manger, somehow God in a stable, somehow God on earth.  Now on Saturday, the angels look down and see what?  God in a tomb.  The miracle of Sunday is that a dead man lives.  The  miracle of Saturday is that the eternal Son of God lies dead. 

“So Jesus Christ defeats our great enemy death not by proclaiming his invincibility over it but by submitting himself to it.  If you can find this Jesus in a grave, if you can find him in death, if you can find him in hell, where can you not find him?  Where will he not turn up?”

Excellent question…

PRAYER: Lord, there are days when we act like we think you’re still in the tomb and that you are gone forever – if you ever were who you claimed to be to start with!  On those days, let us remember that if you, the eternal Son of God, could one day be in the tomb and the next alive again, that there is no barrier to great for you to come to our aid and rescue!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 03/29/13 – The Miracle of Saturday                     

Mark 15:46 (ESV) – And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

There are apocryphal writings that purport to describe the “lost years of Jesus.”  They tell of ridiculous, fanciful events that tickle the fancy of critics and fans of Christ alike.  Some seem almost plausible, but others are, well, ridiculous.  There’s a good reason they weren’t included in the canon!

We don’t know much about the first 30 years of Jesus life.  They are a mystery.  We can imagine him working in the carpentry shop, most likely providing for his mother and younger siblings.  Someday we can ask Him about those years, but not now.  They are lost to us for now.

One of the strangest days in Jesus’ life had to be the day between Friday and Sunday – the Saturday of Holy Week.  Again today I turn to John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man?:

“From a human standpoint, we think of the miraculous day as Sunday, the day the man Jesus is risen from the dead.  I wonder if, from Heaven’s standpoint, the great miracle isn’t on Saturday.  When Jesus is born, the skies are filled with the heavenly hosts praising God because that baby is Emmanuel, God with us.  Somehow Go din a manger, somehow God in a stable, somehow God on earth.  Now on Saturday, the angels look down and see what?  God in a tomb.  The miracle of Sunday is that a dead man lives.  The  miracle of Saturday is that the eternal Son of God lies dead. 

“So Jesus Christ defeats our great enemy death not by proclaiming his invincibility over it but by submitting himself to it.  If you can find this Jesus in a grave, if you can find him in death, if you can find him in hell, where can you not find him?  Where will he not turn up?”

Excellent question…

PRAYER: Lord, there are days when we act like we think you’re still in the tomb and that you are gone forever – if you ever were who you claimed to be to start with!  On those days, let us remember that if you, the eternal Son of God, could one day be in the tomb and the next alive again, that there is no barrier to great for you to come to our aid and rescue!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

 

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NOTE: Galen has started working with Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) (medicalambassadors.org) and is responsible for raising own support.  DayBreaks is free – and will remain so – but if you wish to help support Galen in his ministry work with MAI, you can make a donation on his behalf.  One-time donations may be made by going to this linke: http://www.medicalambassadors.org/donate.htmland look down the left side of the page until you find the SUPPORT MISSIONARIES section.  Then look for “Galen Dalrymple”.  Click his name and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you can donate to his support.  If you wish to make a recurring donation, contact suzette@med-amb.org or call her at 209-543-7500 ext. 219.  You can also write a check to Medical Ambassadors International (a 501.c.3 non-profit – meaning your donations are deductible) and put S090 in the Memo field.  Mail the check to Medical Ambassadors International, P.O. Box 1302, Salida, CA 95368. 

 

Medical Ambassadors International is a 501.c.3 organization that has been serving the needy, sharing the gospel and helping them become self-sufficient for 32 years.  Check them out!  They are also members of ECFA (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

 

Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!  Thank you!

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