THE NEWS OF EASTER [Christ is risen from the dead] is not sounded primarily for the sake of sanctuaries adorned with lilies, where you might expect to hear such proclamation. The news of Easter is taken back to all the usual and familiar places of our living, where death’s defeat is not a given. The possibility of new life and rebirth needs echoing in settings where we spend the vast majority of our time and energy, where our fears can be very real. We are Easter people: not because of where we spend Easter morning but because of how we bring Easter to our other days. …
“He is not here” stands defiant in the face of all the places in our lives and in this world that go about in fear of dying and thus in fear of living. …
May God overcome our fears and free our faith—for Christ is risen indeed!
Holy Jesus, risen Christ, having shaken off the tomb and death: write your raising in the handwriting of my life. Grace me to live an Eastered life for the sake of the world you love. Amen.
– John Indermark
Parables and Passion
From page 142, Parables and Passion: Jesus’ Stories for the Days of Lent by John Indermark. Copyright © 2006 by John Indermark. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Psalm 118:26, NRSV
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