The Harder Task of Easter

It is Easter. Christ is Risen. Everything should change. Right? The Lord, the giver of life is raised from the dead. All things are possible and nothing is beyond God. I want to live as though I believe that to be true. I want to live as though Easter really matters. But I am so distracted by my aches and worries and longings and disappointments and ambitions that I can’t clear enough space to figure out what such living looks like.  Yesterday one my dear girlfriends asked me a question I cannot shake. “What did you, or will you bury this season in hopes of new life?”

I know the answer. I am sitting quietly with my response, with open, soiled hands and dirt beneath my fingernails. No vigils though it is still so tempting. But who keeps vigil at an empty tomb?

He is Risen. Now to try and live as though I truly believe it. That strangely seems the harder task.

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  • http://www.travismamone.net Travis Mamone

    Yeah, I’m the same way. I can understand Good Friday, and all of the pain and suffering and death. But Easter? An empty tomb? God making all things new? Pfft, I’ll believe it when I see it!

  • Gary

    Yeah. Thomas was the same way. He refused to believe for a whole week until he could see Jesus and Jesus offered to let Thomas touch His wounds. But, Mary Magadalene had seen that the tomb was empty. Peter and John had seen that the tomb was empty. Clopus and other disciple talked with Jesus Sunday afternoon; after the tomb had been found empty. Doubt, if you must. But, don’t close your heart. Don’t let the Evil One have your immortal soul this easy. With God all things are possible.

  • Gary

    Doubt if you must. The apostle Thomas doubted for a week until he stood fac-to-face with Jesus. And, Jesus offered Thomas a chance to touch his wounds. The other apostles must have been doubting, too.
    But, Mary Magadelene, 2 more women, an apostle and Peter knew the tomb was empty. Clopus and another disciple talked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus.
    So, don’t give up just yet. Your immortal soul depends on it.