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Nan C. Merrill, Book of Luke, Sam Norris, Charles Kingsley, Marcus J. Borg, Sarah Young
the apostles were told that Jesus, their crucified Lord,
was no longer in the tomb in which He had been buried,
they were still slow to grasp the Resurrection.
We celebrate Easter after Easter during our lives, yet, like
them, we are still slow to understand the crashing impact
of the empty tomb on our hearts, our souls; or merely the
way that single event changed the history of the world.
Stuffing Easter away on a shelf along with the emptied Easter
closes our hearts to the glories that shone through
the darkness of cross and the life that was won that day.
Sing of Easter gladness daily for it lives every day.
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This is the Door to Life:those who
know Love shall enter through it.
I give thanks to You, O Beloved,
who answer our prayers
and invite us to new Life...
This is the day which You have made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Based on Psalm 118
Excerpted from "Psalms for Praying,"
by Nan C. Merrill
Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning,
they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb
bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found
the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and
did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as
they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men
stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid
and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do
you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!
Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,
saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of
sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'"
And they remembered His words. Then they returned from
the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the
rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of
James, and the other women with them, who told these things
to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales,
and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the
tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by
themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself
at what had happened.
New King James Version
The tomb of Christ is famous because
of what it does NOT contain.
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See the land her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices...
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)
English clergyman, professor, historian
Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we,
loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain
your promises, which exceed all that we can desire.*
And the heart is the subject of a moving prayer from Dag
Hammarskjöld, a Swedish diplomat and Secretary General
of the United Nations in the middle of the last century.
Hammarskjöld was also a Christian mystic, though few
knew this during his lifetime. He kept a journal that was
discovered after his death in a peacekeeping mission
in the Congo. In it, he wrote:
Give us pure hearts, that we may see you;
Humble hearts, that we may hear you;
Hearts of love, that we may serve you;
Hearts of faith, that we may abide in you.**
The Christian life is about a new heart,
an open heart, a heart of flesh,
a heart of compassion. The Christian
life is about the Spirit of God opening
our hearts in thin places.
*From "The Book of Common Prayer", the collects for the seventh Sunday
after the Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, and the sixth Sunday of Easter.
**Dag Hammarskjöld, "Markings," trans. W. H. Auden and Leif Sjoberg
(London: Faber and Faber, 1964), p. 93.
Excerpted from "The Heart of Christianity,"
by Marcus J. Borg
The Last Word:
Enjoy the radiant beauty of the My
Presence. Declare My glorious
Being to the world!
Excerpted from "Jesus Calling,"
by Sarah Young
Integrity Publishing, 2004
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
We are all primary numbers
divisible only by ourselves.
Sean Guitton (1901-1999)
French Catholic philosopher and theologian
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