My Easter reflection this year comes from Rev. Broderick Greer. It is honestly one of the best messages about faith and the Resurrection I've ever read/heard, and I don't say that lightly or because he's a leader and teacher I follow. It's a message I desperately needed today, and perhaps you do as well.
"Resurrection does not happen outside of death, suffering, and trauma, but in the middle of it. In a world still marred by sexual, racial, gender, and economic violence. A world in which our loved ones still die. A world in which the middle and working classes are being forced out of their neighborhoods at alarming rates.
A world in which - without a moment’s notice - terrorists disrupt workaday life in places like Brussels, Paris, and Charleston, South Carolina. Easter isn’t the erasing of our individual and collective traumas, but the gathering of our glooms and transformation of our traumas. It is God staring us in the eyes and saying, “Death, oppression, and grief are real and so are joy, love, and resurrection.”
Read the rest: "Fire, Water, Bread, and Wine"
Happy Easter, friends.