Sealed and Waiting …


During my recent trip I took this photo of the lock on the door that opens to the Holy Sepulchre Church.  The door is massive and old and I have always been drawn to it.  The age and the light and shadow drew me to it once again.

During this time of pandemic, the door to the Holy Sepulcher has been sealed.  No one is allowed in.  People have made there way to the door and prayed, but no one is allowed in.  It seems strange that a place revered by so many as the place of the Golgotha and the Tomb would be shuttered.  But it isn’t without precedence …

So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day.  Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.”

 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.   Matthew 27:62-66

As we wait on this Holy Saturday, my prayer is that the door to our hearts … the door to our lives … would be open.  Open to receiving the Good News of Easter … and open to living our faith and loving others with doors open and barriers removed.




I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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