I Can Breathe Again, Reflections from Easter Weekend
The darkness settles over me.
music in a minor key,
soft at first but building.
new life encroaches upon the cracks in my soul,
prys them open,
painfully spreads them wider,
and wider still.
divine breath breathing new life,
bones rattle and move together,
lungs once dry breathe in new air,
blood flowing freely,
heart once still,
not simply resuscitated,
what will God do now?
With this new life,
with my life made new,
This Easter weekend was one of the most powerful of my life. I entered holy week more than a little spiritually dry. As happens with me quite often I was in pure functional mode at the beginning of Holy Week. Simply taking care of the necessary tasks without experiencing the Presence of the moment. Then somewhere in the middle of the week a thought entered my mind, “I can’t wait until Easter is over and I’m done with all this stuff.” It startled me. Maybe even scared me a little. Was I really thinking of Easter, the most important moment in all of the Christian faith, as nothing more than a series of tasks to complete? So I slowed down. I read through the narratives of the last week in Jesus’ earthly life again. I Prayed. And I resolved to enter the worship services of Holy Week as fully present to God as possible.
In the midst of our very simple Good Friday service the following five things entered my mind. I think God spoke them into my mind and spirit. They were simply what I needed to hear from Him in that moment. I’ve been reflecting on them ever since. I offer them to you without explanation or further comment…
1. Jesus is enough. Is He enough for you?
2. You’ll never solve a spiritual issue through non-spiritual means.
3. Don’t forget the future. Remember Revelation 21:1-7, the future is secure and good!
4. God is not without His remnant.
5. Only those who have died can be resurrected.
Maybe sometime in the future I’ll write a blog post about each of these. Maybe.
What did you hear God speak to you this Easter? How did God minister to you this Holy Week? What are you still reflecting on? How will you live the Easter life after Easter? I’m praying a fullness of new life for each us! Grace and Peace, Rich