And such is Easter.
I've been preparing my first real message as a pastor for Sunday morning: focusing again on the significance of Easter Life, and integrating some of my hopes and dreams for us as a Church. John 20 is also about transition, and it brings these two places of startling contrast together: the fear and despair of Mary and disciples is embraced and dissolved in the encounter with the Risen Lord. They had believed this was transition without tomorrow: hope lost, death victorious. Yet not so. The Saturday Dark gives way to Sunday Glory. Newness, life, renewal spring forth--spring forth with and in and through Jesus and his Resurrection.
This changes how we approach life, rewrites the rules on how we interpret pain and suffering. Christ invites us live as whole, renewed, redeemed people. His people. We don't always. We still suffer and sway between fear and joy--but we're not without hope. Easter Life means finding that hope in the midst of grief; life in the midst of death: knowing Christ and the power of his Resurrection (Phil 3:10).
This song has captured this for me today as I write and pray for you.
Be blessed, my friends.