Therefore I Will Hope
A Blessing for Holy Saturday (by Jan Richardson

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in God.”
—Lamentations 3.24

I have no cause
to linger beside
this place of death

no reason
to keep vigil
where life has left

and yet I cannot go,
cannot bring myself
to cleave myself
from here

can only pray
that this waiting
might yet be a blessing
and this grieving
yet a blessing
and this stone
yet a blessing
and this silence
yet a blessing