Sunday, April 12, 2009

Resurrection and Beyond

There is a saying:
"The sun always rises"
and we know this to be true,
but our knowledge is based in
experience of seeing a sunrise -
Experiencing it each day
since our kind came into being.

We have attributed it to many beliefs:
The loving compassion of a higher Source,
Science and astronomy,
or many we have simply taken it for granted.
But yes, it does return.

The ancient Egyptians believed that each evening,
the depleted Ra entered into a journey
of death and resurrection.
During this twelve hour quest,
Ra was subjected to numerous challenges.
This nightly journey cleaned and renewed
So that once again,
Ra emerged whole and vibrant,

radiant in the new dawn.

In the Jesus way, the journey was one of
recognizing Source from within.
"I am the way, truth, and life"
It was not an arrogant boast,
but the simple recognition of his True Self.

May this Resurrection Day
bring us also into this awareness
of our True Selves.
We pass through the realms
cleansing and renewal
and emerge once again filled with life -
brilliant and radiant.

As you are Light,
so let your light shine!


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Between Death and Resurrection

This is Holy Saturday.
Jesus' followers acknowledge this time
as the waiting time
between his death and resurrection,
in the Tomb.

It calls us to reflect upon those times in our own lives
where we have died to something,
with the belief that we would rise again.
But the resurrection has not yet happened,
and we are left in that place of dark and quiet stillness.
It is in such a tomb
where we are faced with our inner selves -
and a time when we have the opportunity
to let fall away that which hold us back,
or holds us entrapped.

And we wait for the morning of light and freedom -
a rolling away of the stone, so to speak.

It is a wondrous time.
Alone in the dark stillness.
That place of potential - of new life waiting to come forth.
It is a seed time -
where what once was is transformed.
A time where what will be
is germinated and nurtured by that very stillness.

For those of you who celebrate this Mystery,
may this day be one of reflective listening
to the inmost stirring of your heart.
And for those who celebrate this time in other ways,
may it hold the blessings each tradition knows it to be.
Whatever your Path,
it is a holy and sacred time,
and it marks the passing
into new life.