Last week, a group of first‐call pastors lurked in the basement of West Reading’s “Say Cheese!” restaurant, attempting to escape from the clutches of vampires and Vikings. Escape Rooms are 3‐D immersive puzzles. You and your team are locked in a room, and you have one hour to solve the riddles/conundrums/brainteasers that lead you to the key which ultimately unlocks the room. During the entire enterprise, staff watch and listen from closed‐circuit TV to provide guidance and encouragement. When the latch clicked, someone in the group found great comfort in the large, bright green “Push to Escape” button to the right of the door.
In a few weeks, we will go from escape room to Empty Tomb. The trek from Holy Week through to Easter will us near to things we fear, maybe not vampires and Vikings, but darkness and abandonment. We will not lurk in the basements of restaurants, but we find ourselves in an Upper Room celebrating a meal of bread and wine. We will not wait for the next clue, but we wait in the awkward silence between life and death. We may not escape by the me the hour runs out, but we proclaim that “Christ has burst his 3 day prison” (“This Joyful Eastertide,” ELW #391).
This Holy Week, rather than looking at everything that happens as a puzzle that needs to be explained and figured out, how about a mystery to be experienced?
Rev. Rachael C. Dietz