After all the build up and anticipation, it's easy to feel the Monday blah's mixed with a holiday hangover and sit in the midst of returning to regular life and think,
"But now what?"Even in that, we know we are not alone!
Surely the disciples and followers way back in the day wondered the same thing: "So, praise God and Hallelujah, He is Risen! But now what?
What we thought would happen, kind of didn't and we need time to regroup and re-center and re-evaluate not only what this Brand New Life offers us, but also what it asks of us!
Because, sure - we can say the prayer and believe the Truth and just go on living our old life. We've been given that choice.
We can be like Mary was on Easter morn... seeking the living among the dead. But even once we know He's not there, we tend to go back to what is familiar. We go back to our old ways, even though we've been given a brand new life!
On Easter morning, I found this status from Glennon Melton (--how much do we LOVE her?) and this is the good stuff, right here, y'all:
(So, obvs - she gets to have coffee, but I digress!)
From the Momastery Facebook Page:
The Two Most Holy Messages of Christianity: 1. HE IS BORN 2. HE IS RISEN. BOTH MESSAGES DELIVERED BY ANGELS TO WOMEN. THE WOMEN WERE THE FIRST TO KNOW AND BELIEVE. We always are. We are holy rascals. We are the hearers and the believers and the deliverers of miraculous news. We hear. We believe MIRACULOUS NONSENSE. We deliver it to the men and the children. Our faith in nonsense heals the world.
There should be a woman at the front door of every church and another on every pulpit being the first to announce to every congregation this morning: HE IS RISEN!Alongside sisters all over the world this morning and on the shoulders of our ancient sisters (MARY MAGDALENE, Joanna, Mary of James and the others) who this morning visited the tomb and found nothing: I proclaim: THE TOMB IS EMPTY! HE IS RISEN! And so YOU-YES, YOU - LISTEN! That place you visit every day- your tomb- that place of hopelessness- your pain, your addiction, your past: THERE IS NOTHING THERE! Your hopelessness is empty! STOP VISITING! WHY DO YOU LOOK FOR THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?? YOU HAVE RISEN: YOU ARE ALIVE! YOU ARE A BRAND NEW THING!!!!! LIVE! LIVE LIVE LIVE!I cannot handle the joy and hope of this day. I will be asleep by 3.EAAAAAAAAAAAASTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My point, as well as Glennon's, is this:
We have been offered a gift... we can accept it and say thank you and never ever unwrap it and try it on! It's ours, sure - but let's untie the ribbons (or, ahem... loosen the ties that bind!) and open the Brand New Life that cost our God His own... let's be willing to take our old life, our old habits, our old way of living and lay them down! Let's lay those things at His feet, rise up victorious with Him, and step into our Brand New Lives!
What is offered to us is Salvation... Redemption.. Forgiveness... Restoration. And not once... but a continuous unfolding and pouring out every day - so that each day we choose to accept this extravagant Gift of grace... this grafting in and making us His own.
What is asked of us is simply this:
We are simply asked to let Him love us. That's it, really.
For He is pretty smart and He knows that when we say yes and allow Him to love us, we will be overwhelmed in all the best ways and we will allow His love to fill us up and overflow and leak out everywhere we go!
When we follow His lead, and lean in closer... when we love Him and love others... when we are open and willing to take risks and walk a new way, well - a whole new world awaits us!
It's called Kingdom, and it's right here, right now, if we are willing to walk with Him, and follow His lead.
His path, --it's filled with holy rascals... with the hearers and the believers and the deliverers of miraculous
For I want to be like Mary, having found God alive and risen.
I want to love on Him and talk with Him, and run to you and tell you whatever He puts on my heart!
From one holy rascal, to another,
P.S. I'm linking up with these lovely writers:
The Community over at #Small Wonders
Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday