“He is not here, for he has risen.”
As the winter snows melt away, new life begins to rise from the earth. Babies are born and plants sprout new leaves. Each spring life is resurrected from something that looked dead. In a similar way, each day brings new life as the sun rises and we wake to new opportunities.
There are times in our lives, though, when it seems everything is dead or dying and new life is impossible. When we wait in a hospital room, hoping our loved one will recover, or struggle through therapy without seeing so much as a glimmer of improvement, we feel the loneliness Jesus’ disciples felt as their master lay in the tomb. When we receive the dreaded call to the boss’ office and are handed our last paycheck as he tells us we no longer have a job, we understand the hopelessness the women who went to the tomb felt as they contemplated their task of finishing the preparations for Jesus’ body.
And yet, we can know that eventually we will see the sun rise again, that spring is within reach. As those on chemotherapy have said, one day you will feel better. The time between our cold winter of the soul and the first blossom of our spirit’s spring can feel like an eternity, but God promises to give us new life. We can hold onto that promise just as the women going to the tomb did when the angel declared in Matthew 28:6, “He is not here, for he has risen.”
As you read Matthew 27 11-28 10, try to remember a time when God breathed new life into your world. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.
Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take 10 to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Matthew 27 11-28 10, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.
- In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture and its relationship to God giving us new life.
- Plant a seed and watch it grow into a new plant. As you care for it imagine yourself as the plant and God as your gardener bringing you new life each day.
- Capture a sunrise in song, in poetry, in a painting or in some other way. Think about how you could use the new life you’ve been given this morning to follow God’s call.
- Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to God giving you new life.
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