Back to Life Again

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This post is a reflection on what living in China is teaching me about Easter.  In the church calendar, we get the six weeks between Easter Sunday and Pentecost to celebrate the themes of Easter!  This is a continuation of a series that started in Advent (also here), and continued with Epiphany and Lent.

 

I’ve been wrestling with this post for a few weeks.  I’m not sure how to tell the story I want to tell.  It is a story of discovering new hope during this Easter season for parts of myself that were fragile and painful.  Its a story I would love to tell you in person, but am not ready to put on a blog for all the world to see.  As I’ve been thinking what or how to share, I found a new-to-me song called “Now the Green Blade Rises.”  The last verse especially captures what I’ve experienced in the last few months.

 

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Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,

wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;

Love lives again, that with the dead has been;

Love is come again like wheat arising green.

 

In the grave they laid him, love by hatred slain,

thinking that he would never wake again,

laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen;

Love is come again like wheat arising green.

 

Forth he came at Easter like the risen grain,

he that for three days in the grave had lain;

raised from the dead, my living Lord is seen;

Love is come again like wheat arising green.

 

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,

your touch can call us back to live again,

fields of our heart that dead and bare have been;

Love is come again like wheat arising green.

 

Words by J.M.C. Crum (1872-1958)

Found in Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, #203

 

 

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