Most of us cannot imagine experiencing an event as horrible as the crucifixion. Yet even for lesser experiences, without the filling of the Holy Spirit they can be labeled as hindrances. The resurrection teaches us that even in head shaking moments, when we are completely perplexed as to how anything good could come out this. God can work good for all of creation.
When we seek the positive even in difficult situations, life can seem less confusing. On Good Friday, who would have guessed that Jesus would have spent more time with his closest friends once again and that people are healed in the name of Jesus Christ even now.
If you’re like many of us, winter’s last binge seemed almost too much to bear. Gradually the world is being transformed and we see one glorious flower after another showing off their brilliant colors, and trees erupting into fragrant blooms. It’s like they are saying, “Here I am! It’s my time to shine and awaken spirits to God’s love!”
Springtime reflects the post-resurrection time of Christ: the luxurious feel of green grass on sensitive bare feet, children’s squeals of delight while chasing one another, and squirrels playfully pursuing one another up and down tree trunks.
The resurrection is central to our faith and God’s intentions for order and beauty in our world seem more evident this time of year than any other. When spending any time in creation, goodness is demonstrated!
May we live into the Paschal Mystery of dying and rising, and death and new life as Christ leaves an impression upon our faith and lives.
-Rev. Marta Wheeler
Omaha: St. Paul Benson
*in appreciation to the Lectio Divina prayer group, whose contributions helped form the poem.