“Go back to the beginning and read the story again,” Jesus says. “Read it now with new eyes. Read it knowing that death does not have the upper hand. Read it knowing that love wins. See, this is not just a story of someone who lived long ago; it is a story to enter and embrace. This is a story to live; a story that is, even now, redeeming this world.”
Sometimes, this message inspires us. Sometimes, we resist it. We just want to stop. We just want to stay put. Feeling this way several Easters ago, I wrote:
Day After Easter: Another 40 Days Begin
He rises, bright and early,
first one up
leaving the bed clothes in a heap,
and a message with the maid:
“Now, on to Galilee.”
Why so intent on the circle?
Me, I’m tired and dizzy and longing
for the line, its simple
success and then the rejoicing,
The bus ticket lies
on the bedside table,
but my nets are calling,
the boat—waterlogged and rotting.
Fingering the line,
all knots now, I sit
on the edge, bed clothes still
warm and rumpled.
I’m not going anywhere today.
Regardless of our answer in the past, this Easter the invitation comes again—to circle back around and embrace new life.