Every Easter I find myself preaching about the women. They stayed with Jesus through it all, from anointing him before his death, praying with him in the garden, walking the way of the cross, praying with him as he died, caring for his broken body, and even the next day, going to the tomb to mourn and weep. These brave, often times, invisible women who are the first to learn about and understand the resurrection.
I might tell a story about Mary Magdalene, the friend who was always with him, who scripture tells us first encountered Jesus in the resurrection. I love to tell the story about the red egg.
Or I might go off topic a bit before I get back to the women. Like the year I talked about jelly beans. And this year when I’m going to tell the red fox family story again. The family of fox who lived under my deck all winter and became a source of delight to my family. Until two of the babies fell into separate window wells on the night of Easter, when after a very LONG day my husband and I had to figure out how to get them out, all the while our kids were crying and our dogs were distressed. It’s a good Easter story.
Easter. Resurrection. New life. Hope. God’s love is more powerful than the evils of this world. God’s love prevails.
However you tell the story it’s one of hope, love, new life. And God knows we need this in the world today, as much as ever. Maybe more.
This is the preacher party and I’ll be around most of the day to party with you. I have plenty of fresh coffee and tea and some homemade banana bread. Pull up a chair, grab a mug. Let’s share ideas, offer prayers of support, and encourage one another through our fatigue from a week well done.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a congregation in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a blogger and member of RevGals since 2006. She blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.
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