Landing back in the USA two days ago, Carol and I have just celebrated Easter with the community at First Baptist in Wheaton (where I once served as interim). The service began with dramatic video of a bleak landscape, one early morning. A low drumbeat and musical murmur suggested something might happen, yet the camera moved very slowly towards a low hill in the distance. Eventually, we could see a soldier standing guard alongside a large circular stone. The beat increased. The stone became center stage. Suddenly, with crashing splendor the stone rolled back with brilliant light cascading from within the now empty tomb. Christ is risen- He is risen indeed. Alleluia. The choir and congregational singing lifted the roof: Jesus Christ is risen today.
It was wonderful to be back with so many friends who hugged us with enthusiasm. And what a day to celebrate. For Easter changes everything. In my recent reading I came across this prayer (by Ted Loder) which I make my prayer today.
O God, let something happen to me,
something more than interesting
O God, let something essential happen to me,
Speak to my condition, Lord,
and change me somewhere inside where it matters,
a change that will burn and tremble and heal
and explode me into tears
or love that throbs or screams
or keeps a terrible cleasing silence
and dares the dangerous deeds.
Let something happen in me
which is my real self, O God. Amen.