Saturday, April 8, 2017

Every year it happens:

earth shakes her sleepy head, 
still a bit wintered and dull, 
and feels new life stirring.
Every year cocoons give up their treasures, 
fresh shoots push through brown leaves, 
seemingly dead branches shine with green, 
and singing birds find their way home.
Every year we hear the stories:
Empty tomb, 
surprised grievers, 
runners with news and revelation, 
unexpected encounters, 
conversations on the road, 
tales of nets filling with fish, 
and breakfast on a seashore 
And every year 
the dull and dead in us meets our Easter challenge: 
to be open to the unexpected, 
to believe beyond our security, 
to welcome God in every form, 
and trust in our own greening
 Joyce Rupp 

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