Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saving Your Life

Today is Easter. As I woke up to a bright blue sky in my window this morning, and Easter wishes and images of empty tombs and the risen Christ on my Facebook feed, I still couldn't block out images of the crucifixion. A friend's mother is dying, just as he lost his job. My own mom has entered a new and more difficult stage of her Alzheimer's. (When I spoke to her on the phone yesterday we could only communicate in broken Finnish because she's lost so much vocabulary.) Another friend struggles to make sense of life when he must live without a soul mate to share his hopes, burdens and joys with.

Accounts of Jesus' resurrection portray the disciples struggling to believe the news, unable to shake the sense that it was too good to be true. Post-traumatic stress? I get it. 

Even after the resurrection, the disciples still had more crucifixions to face, sometimes their own. 

But I'm thinking of what Jesus prayed in the garden. "Father, if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me..." It's ok to hope that the dark, painful path won't have to be the one we must take. God made us for life, not death. We let in the light, we gather around the bountiful table with friends and lovers, we hug them close and kiss and laugh with them, because this is what God made us for. Joy, family, connection. For ever and forever. 

The darkness, the pain, the loss and separation... It's real. At times it is what must be. Let us face it bravely when it comes. But it has limits. It can't claim us forever, the way God has claimed us, the way Christ claims us today, resplendent, alive. Remember that, even in your crucifixions. 

Happy Easter!

2 comments:

Trevor - INSIDE gay Mormon said...

Beautiful reminder. Thanks.

Duck said...

I agree exactly with Trevor- you have written a very beautiful reminder of what Easter is all about. Thank you!

Sending love your way, John. You are a fabulous human being and I feel so blessed to know you.
Happy Easter to you, too!