“We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well.”
Some monks in olden days slept at night in coffin-like cots, in recognition that sleep is deathlike experience, and waking every morning is a little resurrection!
During the 50 days of Easter Season, we are focusing on resurrection stories – human experiences large and small which bring new life and light and hope into our lives, after we have suffered pain, loss, or disillusionment. If we have eyes to see, we’ll realize that God’s fingerprints are on these experiences of renewal. We’ll begin to see our stories in the light of Jesus’ story.
In adult formation last Sunday, we began to explore this theme in the beloved movie – The Sound of Music. Think about Maria, the nuns, the children, Captain Von Trapp, even Liesl’s young Nazi boyfriend. Nearly everybody in that story experiences loss and renewal and transformation. Most of the characters emerge as more fully human – more alive and able to love than they started. That’s why it’s such a great story!
So what is your resurrection story? Have you experienced the death of a relationship, and then discovered new life on the other side? Have you lost someone you love, and found the strength to enjoy life again? Have you been badly hurt by someone, and found the grace to forgive? Or are you in a place where Easter hasn’t arrived, and all you can do is wait and hope?
At the men’s group, we shared our experiences of Holy Week and Easter: the descent into the depths of loss and emptiness, and the miraculous rebirth of life and hope that follows, by the grace of God. Don Baker, who leads the group, asked us to ponder where in our lives we are in need of resurrection, of rising from the dead.
Finding the language we need to tell these stories is a challenge, but when we do share them, we are all enriched and inspired in our Christian journeys. We’ll have two guests sharing resurrection stories with us on Sundays – Patricia Lyons of St. Stephen and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, and retired rector of St. John’s Norwood, Susan Flanders. I hope you’ll come and find new life yourself. JBM