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In the quiet stillness of the morning the women set out for the tomb. A day beginning in grief and sorrow.
Easter begins not with Hallelujahs and choirs of joy, but with deep wounds and pain. It begins with sorrow and pain that far too many, far too often, encounter in our world. It begins with the women expecting the worst – death.
It is here that God’s message is proclaimed, “He is not here. He is Risen.”
God’s answer to the pain of the world – Resurrection. Life. Love. Stronger than death itself.
This kind of news needs to be shared, and so the women go to tell.
Met with this amazing pronouncement, the disciples don’t believe them! The fear and hurt hold them back.
Except for Peter.
Peter runs. Towards life. Towards hope. Towards the possibility of a different, better future. Towards all the gifts God is offering this season.
And we too are invited to put on our running shoes. To go and see. To marvel at the stone rolled away, to stare at the linen clothes lying unused, to steep ourselves in the empty tomb, and all that comes with it.
A promise fulfilled.
Light in the darkest of moments. Life. For the worst thing is never the last thing. In a world that says pain and death are too strong, God’s answer is life.
Do we dare? Do we dare to run like Peter? To reach for hope and new life? To race towards it? To leave our fear behind? To declare that God’s love IS stronger.
This Easter season, may new life find you.
May you encounter the angels, and be shocked and awed at God’s love for you.
May the weight you carry be rolled away like that stone.
May the promise fulfilled allow you to go and tell, to hear anew, and to run! Daring to choose life, to live in hope.
Rev. Krystal Sheremeta,
President, Saskatchewan Conference,
The United Church of Canada
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