Throughout Advent, we posted blogs each week based on the Lectionary Readings for the previous Sunday. It was truly an awesome experience to travel through Advent with the universal church by praying, meditating, and responding to those texts. We loved it so much, thought we’d do it again throughout Lent.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that He has redeemed them from the hand of the foe and has gathered them from the lands–from the east and the west, from the north and the south.
Fools suffered affliction because of their rebellious ways and their sins. They loathed all food and came near the gates of death. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He saved them from their distress. He sent His word and healed them; He rescued them from the Pit. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His faithful love and His wonderful works for all humanity.
Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and announce His works with shouts of joy.
— Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (HCSB)
One of my favorite movie scenes is in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? Everett, Pete and Delmar are hiding in a barn owned by Delmar’s cousin. Yet, Delmar’s cousin decides the reward money is worth more than family, and he calls the police. The police have arrived and have them surrounded. The police are shooting at the barn. They set the barn on fire. Everett is looking out of the window, and is describing the situation in which they have found themselves–“a tight spot.” Over and over again, all Everett can think to say is that they are in “a tight spot.”
A tight spot.
Have you ever found yourself there?
Hiding in a barn. It’s supposed to be safe. After all, it is owned by kin-folk. But, blood isn’t always as thick as the dollar bill, and, so you are betrayed.
A tight spot.
The enemy closes in. They shoot at you. They light the barn on fire.
Like our friends, Everett, Peter and Delmar, we are surrounded on all sides–sometimes as our text says (and as was the case with our friends) by our own foolishness.
A tight spot.
No clear way out, and the situation is getting worse.
A bit like eleven disciples found themselves on “Silent Saturday.” That most dismal of days parked between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
It’s hopeless. The One who they thought and believed would be the Messiah is dead. He’s in a tomb. They’re in hiding. Locked in a room. Waiting for that moment when the soldiers will bang on the door and arrest them as well. I imagine at some point Peter looks around at John, James, Simon, Matthew and the others and proclaims as Everett did, “We’re in a tight spot.”
Like Everett, Peter and Delmar, the Disciples have no idea how this situation will all work out. All they know is right now. And right now, they’re in a tight spot.
Right now, it’s Friday.