Sunday’s coming…

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t gone through some difficult times in their lives. For some that’s caught up in the loss of a loved one…for others loss of a job…or a faith crisis…or anyone of a myriad of things that can send one into dark places.

About 2000 years ago, there was a community that went through another difficult time. The one they had followed…the one who challenged the status quo on behalf of the poor, the dispossessed, the “other”…this one who came in unconditional love had been taken by the authorities…beaten…crucified…and buried. His followers didn’t know what the future held–for themselves but also for what he believed and taught. Was this the end?

We know the story. We know that his death was not the end–but the middle of the story. We live the end of the story by the way we live. It is our responsibility to keep his teachings and actions alive…to stand with and for the poor, the dispossessed, the “other”…those the status quo would call “less than.”

We know that when they laid him in the tomb…and they went through the dark days of mourning…we know that Sunday was coming…the day of resurrection!

And so, for all who are in dark places…for those who wonder if the church is dying…if there is hope for the future, I would simply say this:

This is not the end. Sometimes we have to go through a time of death in order to come out on the other side into the new life that is beyond anything we can currently imagine. This isn’t to say that it’s easy. It’s not. But Sunday’s coming…!

 

Easter hope

In the darkest of nights
when hope’s disappeared
and the dreams that you had
seem lost and destroyed…
turn your eyes to the east.

The dawn will come…
unseen at the first—
then a lightening of sky
from black to gray…
and glimpses of pink
till the whole world explodes
in a sunburst of light—
Easter miracle of rebirth and new life!

It’s always the darkest
right before dawn…
but the dawn will come.

I know that there are many people who are wondering if the dawn will ever come…who are feeling trapped in the darkness of the time between. May you be able to find peace…and feel the love of the many who support you in prayers and warm thoughts.